* Posts by Tom 7

3373 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Daredevil Brit lifts off in 54-prop quinquaquadcopter

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22Kw

is around 30horses which is 6 or less decent easily controlled glow plug engines with potential for much more flight time.

They're about £200 a pop pop buzzzzzzzzzzzzzscreeam too!

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Larry Ellison's yacht isn't threatened by NoSQL – yet

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Re: SQL is obsolete - Oracle is over

I'd say that, as NoSQL is desperately scrabbling to get SQL build in the people who NoSQL are slowly learning about databases and realising that they are re-inventing the wheel. The sort of data-mining I've seen has always been possible with SQL or (in Posix case) just from the command line. NoSQL - like many computer innovations is realising that it has to do the things that it was created to avoid doing.

You canne break the laws of mathematics captain.

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Re: Sounds great this NoSQL stuff.

I think you might call it 'Stable'

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Cognitive computing: What can and can’t we do, and should lipreading be banned?

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Lipreading

As a deaf friend of mine noticed - 'I cant understand what hipsters are saying'. 'Ah' I pipe up 'The facial hair upsets your lipreading!' 'No-they just seem to talk bollocks.'

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Electricity - Pah!

Nothing nicer than sitting in a nice old pub lit by thermal incandescence and hand or gravity pumped beer.

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

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Dazzled by a radar gun?

I'd imagine a well pointed hand held laser would overwhelm a detector - unless they are intending to cut their own roadways as they go.

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Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

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60hz still flickers for me

not when facing the screen but in my peripheral vision. Really pisses me off when referring to off screen literature/talking etc.

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

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Handling charge for sending a letter.

They seem to get away with it.

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The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

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For a lot less you can have a TB of storage in your pocket

and connect via that there wireless stuff. Should it ever catch on...

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Small wonder, little competition: Asus Chromebook Flip

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Re: "Is more secure"?

Crouton is fairly easy to use to install a linux - havent shelled out for a chrome book yet (next time my uncle comes over from the us I might get him to bring me one) but those I know say that the linuxes run well on them - with effectively limitless apps for free even if you do have to compile some stuff.

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Canned laughter for Canadians selling cans of air at $15 a pop

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Beware!

I recently found a can of pure Oregon air we bought in 1970. The can had rusted through. Cost a $1 though.

Don't rely on them!

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Dear God, it's all gone horribly wrong.

I like it! One I got to entertain the kids is now a wireless extender so people in the outbuilding can access the internet without access to my domestic network - for about half the price of a commercial unit. Another is now a music processor providing several thousand pounds worth of music effects/processing in a not very easy to use wobbly interface and I'm using another to teach the local primary academy IT teacher how to do IT.

Still waiting for the kids to show much interest but perhaps now computers are more common than transistors were when I was a kid perhaps we do need a generation of Sys-Admins, perhaps crontabs to them are the flashing lights on a bistable that made my friends wet themselves.....

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Google robo-car suffers brain freeze after seeing hipster cyclist

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Re: As Mythbusters demonstrated...

I live in the sticks and there are about 5 roundabouts in a 20 mile radius of me. Frequently we get things called traffic jams four or five cars long which are invariably caused by four cars at the entrance to the roundabouts all politely waiting for someone else to go.

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Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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Re: Scale?

The solar system would be swallowed up in the white bit in the middle.

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Re: question

The reason behind the lobes is the star has a magnetic field and the interaction with that and the ionised gasses expelled produces lobes. The companion star merely stabilises the systems rotation*. Stars without companions can spin 'erratically' and can produce what appear to be shells.

Google planetary nebulae and enjoy the pics...

*well it can help with the magnetic field generation.

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Using SQL techniques in NoSQL is OK, right? WRONG

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Re: NoSQL is just a cache, it's not a substitute for an RDBMS

Horses for courses - there is some mileage to be had from NoSQL but in the end you have to suck the data out of it into a 'proper' database if you want to do SQL.

My main complaint is that once you rely on the NoSQL its tends to get in the way of actually organising your data properly. And I mean really get in the way.

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Boffins promise file system that will NEVER lose data

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Re: Could work

mv file /dev/null

Those were the days...

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Prof Hawking cracks riddle of black holes – which may be portals to other universes

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Re: Plasma Spewing

Back to 1963 and Penrose's misinterpretation of Finklestein.

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Theres plenty of room for improvement with more sensible routing.

I live out in the wilds. I'm on BT can2can for my sins. All my traffic seems to go via London. Even the shit for next door. They could nigh on double the capacity if they stopped by packets waving to each other as they go past.

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

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Re: Openreach...

My local exchange was upgraded to FTTC but I dont think openretch got much from it. My cabinet went from two miles from my house back to the exchange 6 miles away.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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As a sysadmin you could always ask for training to help you do your job properly

but that would take you out of the office for at least 3 months or so every few years, cost more than your salary and make you highly employable elsewhere.

And for god sakes keep passwords in the safe. But dont let anyone know the combination!

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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Re: grrr

Chloe is there anything else you cant do that everyone else should stop considering immediately?

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Re: Fuel tank rated to 10,000psi

There may be more hydrogen in a litre of petrol than a litre of liquid hydrogen but there is more useable energy in the liquid hydrogen: your lucky to get 30% of the energy in the fuel in normal driving whereas a fuel cell can offer over 90% return.

400 miles on a tank? The tank may currently cost 1/3 of the vehicle but in mass production will be fantastically less. If someone finally works out how to make graphene in bits bigger than a postage stamp it wont be a problem.

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Re: Why use pure hydrogen?

400 miles in the car in the article seems transportable. And, believe it or not, is a lot safer than petrol in case of a crash - the hydrogen just rises up and burns away from the accident rather than frying the occupants like yesterdays plane crash.

Its relatively easy to generate hydrogen. Mass produced wind power (we could stick a few kw on each house for around £500 if we invested in mass production) can provide the majority of our electrical needs and excess generation can be converted into H2 and stored locally for vehicle and windless days.

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OLPC heir reveals modular laptop design

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Re: This shit again?

In response to tojb: well yes and no. My daughter uses a 7" tab with a plug in keyboard/mousepad jobbie and the two cost about £80 altogether and perform pretty well. Without the keyboard you have full multitouch for stuff.

Its not a full sized computer by any means but its more than usable for the school work at the moment and I dare say will be for a while.

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Intelligent overclocking.

Not bothered with it myself normally 10% is neither here nor there for me.

What I am intrigued with is - is there any intelligent feedback in the setups? Presumably now Intel are on board with overclocking they can rapidly work out why it fails and provide software tests to allow every last drop of umph out of a chip possible by testing the bits most likely to fail at varying temperatures etc.

I could be asking my grandmother if she knows how to suck eggs but every overclocker I've met just ramps it up until it fails and then backs off. And then wonders about subtle little things that crop up from time to time.

A custom overclocker testing program that call home would be good for Intel in the long run.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Evidence based policy ?

Has to be avoided at all costs to avoid setting a precedent.

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Oh, the shame

Any luck? Do tell!

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Re: "The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

Sue the company? It will go into Chap11 and fritter away any assets.

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Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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Re: The IoT Crowd

It really depends on what the Things are. Most of them wont need anything as powerful as the current Linux kernel - you'd be amazed what you can do with a PIC.

As for things with slightly more demand if this Micro:bit thing works - well there's room for a kernel on that IIRC. Then it may not be long before someone makes a SOC of the Pi and that is more powerful than the average desktop of just a few years ago.

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Probably the bill themselves.

A mate got busted for some 1' high plants. A few weeks later he was taken to identify them for some legal reason and was amazed to see they were all 6' tall and healthier than a Lleylandii and took up half a warehouse.

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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Re: "The combined thrust will be sufficient to lift 70 metric tonnes"

You'd need 45 of them to get a Saturn 5 off the ground!

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Re: 4 Lars

The lake was to cool the deflector - there was a shit load of water used to stop the motor becoming the biggest oxy cutter going.

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Re: new technology...

Re using guns. Its reasonably economically viable to use a supergun to launch supplies into space, if as pointed out you do it up the side of a huge mountain (or mountain range) near the equator. The Andes is probably OK - the odd earthquake might cause the odd problem but the barrel could be relatively cheap and easy to repair if you dont go for silly pressures and accelerations. You could easily get the bits of a much larger rocket up there and then put them together. Fuel would be relatively easy.

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I do miss vinyl.

NT

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Re: Redmond's not been super-responsive of late.

Well they have just upgraded to W10!

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Woah. Thank $DEITY for $REDACTED Freedom of the Press

A lot of people got hauled of to re-education camp for attacking horses hooves with their bodies after Orgreave.

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Personal responsibility?

You dont buy an Apple device and then do personal responsibility. People pay through the nose so that other people take care of the complicated stuff.

I know that sounds glib but that's why a lot of people by Apple - they believe its so tied down they cant hurt themselves.

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I think there is a page or two in Knuth on what a fucking stupid idea this is

Does every new generation of programmers and app designers have to make the same mistakes or could we have these people educated and certified before letting them loose?

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Typewriters suck. Yet we're infinitely richer for those irritating machines

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too right

I taught myself to type on my mums old typewriter when I was about 17 to around 70wpm. Went to big school and spent hours typing in punch cards at about 70cpm. Then got to work on a PDP11 with some form of stock keyboard for a while. Once in the real world DECVT100 terminals. Back to around 70wpm but then started using all sorts of obscure custom keyboards and slowed down to around 30wpm - which is quite good for coding! And as for tablets and phones...

However I think it was learning APL that ruined my typing for good!

Wonder if I could find a vt100 keyboard and type more of this shit....

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Put it away: Dwarf's 'supermassive' marvel is actually smallest thing boffins have ever seen

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They havent actually seen it.

Even if there wasn't a dust could circling it you cant actually see one. You pretty much cant anything one.

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FAIL: Windows 10 bulk patch produces INFINITE CRASH LOOP

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Not XKCD but close:

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20150812

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Oracle pulls CSO's BONKERS anti-bug bounty and infosec rant

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Re: Your house belongs to the Oracle

Perhaps because there isn't one.

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Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: I'd buy one

Whatever calibre the police use?

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Machine gun brawn seems to be a lot more popular in the US.

And rarely in shooting galleries.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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I could just about download the data set by then

thank my ISP for preventing me saving the universe!

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Death to DRM, we'll kill it in a decade, chants EFF

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Re: People slowly realise how much of a problem it is

¿Who thinks of region coding toner?

The same people who will happily insist that because someone in outer Mongolia can sell a pint of milk for 11p that is what they will pay here.

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First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

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Lemon juice and oil makes a fine dressing.

Nice to see they're following Douglas Adams with the lemon scented wipes!

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Boffins have made optical transistors that can reach 4 TERAHERTZ

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Road to no-where?

I worked on some mixed bipolar and GaAs stuff 25 years ago. It seemed clear then that the optical stuff was always going to be on the periphery and not the core - the wavelength of the light being used being a major problem. The transistors involved here are pretty huge compared to modern devices. Make the light shorter wavelength and you've got serious problems of photons tunneling through several neighbouring devices - at these scales everything's see-through.

As the man said - might be useful doing some switching/encoding in the data centre but not really.

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Major web template flaw lets miscreants break out of sandboxes

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Wow

do people still write such shit websites?

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