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* Posts by Tom 7

2852 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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why use a proprietary one when the are free open standards available

that are just as good.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: Expecting perfection? You're going to be disappointed.

"Economics can reasonably be judged a success if the progress between crashes is greater than the crash - and that's been the case for a very long time."

That's making the very big assumption that the economics generates the wealth rather than human ingenuity and endeavour. Correlation does not mean causation.

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Re: All been done before

The big assumption you are making here is that 'they' want the economy fixed. Its a bit like asking an undertaker to look for the water of eternal life. You dont look for solutions to the 'problems' you make a living from. In fact its even worth your while to ensure that people who supposedly teach economics continue to sell the old lies that maintain inaccurate economic theories and prevent the 'truth' coming out.

I've got a £200 computer here that can do 32Billion floating point operations a second. I'd say that can model a whole years economic activity in the UK in less than a minute. In a month it could test and forecast and improve more economic models that you can shake a stick at.

Economics remains guesswork because you wouldn't want it any other way apparently.

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: an audiovisual interactive format for music that can't be pirated

It doesnt piss me off but if I wanted to re-transcribe it I'd run up a VM and take the audio and video as-is from that. Now they could stop that but that would really really really piss of the developers of... well shit like that and take eons to debug.

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I used to think he was a tosser

It turns out he's and ignorant tosser.

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Buying memory in the iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: memory...or "disk"?

you can get a 2TB portable wireless disk for around a ton. Specs seem to indicate it would work fast enough for full HD to the phone. 10hrs use too. I guess you could have 1 in each pocket too...

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Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out

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Re: What was it, 30? critical security flaws in Adobe products last month?

Theres a hole in your document viewer dear Lisa a hole.

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Will Apple give Chinese iPhone workers cancer? THE TRUTH

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Wages up 6 fold

against the cost of living?

Is it like people getting jobs in London cos they pay more and then finding everything costs more and your actually worse off without a huge loan?

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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Its nice to see them finally getting to the res my 18 year old monitor still has.

Mind you that broke the bank - cost nearly as much as my 1.6G hard drive!

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Re: Was VRML that long ago...

There are a few js widget sets around and much as I hate Dart I'm thinking of spending a lost weekend or two building some apps...

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Re: WebGL Demo

Having sat and stared at the demo eating cpu but doing nothing I accidentally clicked on the screen and dragged - ah that is well cooooool

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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BT were gloating on their web site saying they'd (P4u) called in the receivers.

While I was trying to sort out what should have been a trivial problem...

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Proof of life seems not to be a pizza establishment

but an Irish theme pub.

Where theres Guinness there's life.

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Net neutrality fans' joy as '2.3 million email' flood hits US Congress

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Re: What happens there will influence what happens here

We do have a voice in the debate*. But when TTIP is implemented then we will get the same shit here.

*the voice is only allowed to say 'Oh for fucks sake"

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: NFC != payment system

Its not the banks being useless - if it is the banks at all. Its a technology that can cost you a fortune if configure badly and given the last twenty five years of computing has involved selling software that's more intelligent than the user it not catching on is about the only thing in its favour.

NCF can be FAR bigger than just payments but so can a thousand other techniques that dont have access to your bank account.

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Re: nearly $1000

Buy a car? Are you advocating ram raiding for it?

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Just another attempt by the No campaigners to scare the Scots

but they'll be hiding in the pub and wont see it!

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DUCKCROCZILLA 'alien' dinosaur could emerge from THE SEA

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Not the first sailing club I've been to thats full of lizards.

But possibly the first sailing club!

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Re: Primarily [linked to the] geographical catchment area [of] the United States and England,

I'd imagine someone got onto a server and did '

'Select * from IDDATABASE WHERE USER_LOCATION IN (the money);" or thereabouts so they could get away with a usb stickload of info rather than waiting a long time for the full table (s) to download.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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I think they want to use to have these to stop us having really smart meters.

By which I mean ones that could interface with your (spare) hot water tank (say) and use the excess wind/solar power to give you pretty much free hot water (and storage heating).

This may sound mad to you but round here they are refusing to accept new renewable installations because they cant send the power out of the county and are starting to turn these things off when it gets windy/sunny. Now wouldn't it make more sense to sell the power much more cheaply locally rather than pay the producer to sit there earning wonga with his equipment switched off?

I'd gladly pop out to the brewery and knock up a couple of extra brews when its windy, and drying grain etc always seems to need to be done when its wet windy and rather some cheap electric that great diesel burners.

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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only a very very old one!

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Toshiba plans chippery with mere 0.5V power slurp by 2017

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Coo!!

35 years ago when I was knocking out 5u Nmos chips I'm sure there was some talk about this - my notes are mostly coal or mouse nest now alas so I cant check but even 35 years after I first heard about it it will still beat fusion to the market!

This should mean hand held devices of unseemly power - Tflops cpus using less power than the screen in standby!

I think it will take humans a long time to catch up with their phones then!

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Hawking: Higgs boson in a BIG particle punisher could DESTROY UNIVERSE

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Re: "A particle accelerator that reaches 100bn GeV would be larger than Earth"

Power is NOT the problem 100Billion GeV is only 16 Joules. I can do that by lighting a fart.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: not a Delivery?

Dont sell wheelbarrows? How I I going to get wheeled into the shop then?

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Re: not a Delivery?

It must be a really shit IT firm that has to take down its online store to add products. I wouldn't buy a wheelbarrow from an IT company that had to do that.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Re: 107,200 very bright meteor???

It would have been very bright but it doesnt need to be very bright near the impact crater.

I'm not sure how fast is needs to be travelling to light up but you can manage several machs before you start to glow. A rock of a few pounds could easily travel unlit from over the horizon* before making a bloody great hole like that.

* having lit up an empty sea spectacularly.

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TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

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While a few men may think this is a good idea

given the monster spiders around this autumn having a giant bendy TV as a nursery for them will not be popular amongst the others.

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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Re: IWatch or Swiss watch? The latter please

The quality of the watch is really irrelevant - even cheap ones will tell the time accurately over years. Its the strap that is important if you dont want to know you have a watch on all the bloody time.

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Re: oooo look iShiny.....

and you will be able to buy iShirts too - with one arm shorter than the other to allow your personality replacement device to be visible to all.

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RE: OMG OMG OMG I LITERALLY....

Don't worry- just pop down the supermarket and you can find some iNcontinence pants.

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3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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Re: Copyright/Trademark

Yes - I must register my face before some bastard makes a fortune with it as a bird scarer!

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Shitty what? Almost half of MPs have never heard of Tech City

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Re: Some well informed MPs

A well informed MP is one who heard what central office told them.

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Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

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Giant pair of trousers for London Pride?

NTrousers

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Not been announced yet?

Everything it will have is already out there.

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NASA finds ancient films that extend Arctic ice record by 15 years

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Corinne

Its not rain its snow you idiot!

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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Re: Cheap PIC

Debugging embedded hardware is a shit - unless you have a decent emulator. Then you dont need the hardware for educational purposes - at least not a classfull.

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Re End User Desktop

And what better way to present up-to date coding lessons than through the browser?

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: The author of this book is an internet cartoonist,

My dad used to write advanced biological textbooks and the bastard publishers managed to convince him that because e-books were more complicated he'd get less royalties on them. Given that he formatted the book on his computer ready for printing and the e-book was automatically generated from that the book he nearly finished when he died is just going online for free!

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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A perfect opportunity

for a little green man in the middle attack!

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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A pint glass tankard

No! - just fucking no!

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Re: So, a beer-fulled jolly this most certainly isn't.

No - which is why this WONT work - see recent hypersonic tests!

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: even a tomahawk can be loaded with a nuke.

re "implosion pressure": these things happen FAST - two subcritical hemispheres of uranium banged together by hand would make about 200 tons of TNT equivalent. Its basically the smallest nuke you can make - anything less would probably be a kinetic device.

Not bad for ~10kg

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Re: Why?

Didnt the Aussies do some good work with these until the USA 'offered' them unlimited supplies of analease?

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: CS Lewis' food for thought

Worked for Shakespeare - not so much for CS Lewis perhaps...

Quite simply, in electronics its called impedance miss-match. Engines tend not to work without some resistance from the exhaust.

We only produce our best work when its not too easy.

Comments are too easy...

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: Recent news on Page 2

If I take a picture of you with your camera after you asked me to take a picture of it I still own the copyright to the said picture. You still own the copyright of a picture you took of me illegally.

The monkey owns the copyright to the picture not the camera owner, or perhaps the owner of the monkey?

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Re: Nah

Just because the monkey doesnt own the copyright doesnt mean that Slater does.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Now the computer handshake

has a buzzer so it can play practical jokes on users.

I can image a lot of these getting broken when hurled across the room in surprise.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Is it a false economy

or just a stupid knee jerk reaction from management?

Did they get rid of the post where someone who knew what he/she was doing in the provisioning of the same?

I remember showing an accountant newton-raphson as a method of calculating the minimum cost of something with a few parameters. He promptly spent most of his time trying to get me fired for showing him up as an ignorant wasteful prat and loosing him a bonus that was more than my salary.

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'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'

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Can we get the verb "gove" into the next one?

An action taken despite all the experts in the given field pissing themselves laughing at the stupidity of the actor until they realise they are doomed.

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

Even the police dont think he had a gun - the best they can come up is that he was struggling for the officers weapon.

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