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2589 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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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Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

@dogged - quite simple because they were offered a deal which was less that a visit to court. These agreements are sealed - we don’t know how much they are really paying.

Now would you accept a deal where you publicly agreed to pay for some patents (even if you thought they were bullshit) and get on with your company business for little or no cost or got to court again and again even if you win?

Try reading the patents then ask me what's delusional - unless of course you've not been around as long as me and you can be in denial about how un-innovative they really are because of pure (non-malicious) ignorance. Just because you think its clever and new doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done before.

To recap - the reason why people pay the MS patent tax is simply because its cheaper to do so that pay a lawyer to fight them. They wouldn’t dare pick on a company that would fight them all the way - you know the one who actually designs the infringing technology and makes good money out of it.

And by the way I think android is shit.

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Re: Microsoft's influence within a private Dell?

Microsoft is not dumb enough (yet) to take anyone to court that might win and fight back. I'm guessing Barnes & Noble were offered an out of court settlement rather than eventual death by litigation and did the sensible thing - stay alive rather than be right.,

These 'ere Nexus devices seem to be very fine bits of hardware running Android and I would imagine they violate a few of MS patents but they do seem reluctant to take Google to court over them. I guess they really dont want their remaining mobile revenue stream to dry up.

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Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Send in the clones

but for a mobile device?

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Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

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Re: doppler shift is one of the things *all* GPS signals have to account for.

I just read that if the satnav sats don’t take gravity into account theres a drift of 7 miles a day?

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Re: doppler shift is one of the things *all* GPS signals have to account for.

The doppler effect will given by 3 things - the third being the difference in the gravitational field which will be slightly lower for the satellite thus time will pass a bit quicker for it. Not much, but when you're getting into parts per trillion it may be approaching the arse end of a significant figure.

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On finding things in the sea

just to point out that you can spot a large object under the sea from great height but be right over it in a boat and not see it - such are the vagaries of the fractal nature of waves.

Its not intuitive and can confuse people as to why its so sodding difficult to find a 20 meter long white object that someone dropped a marker on from a couple of thousand feet. The marker only needs to be wind blown a few yards away from the object and no amount of eyes will pick it up.

Not sure how many of the search boats have sonar. Should be easy enough to make cheaply these days?

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: More of this please MS

That's the windows prime directive though: "Never, under any circumstances, completely implement a published standard for that will not lead to upgrades!

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Oh shame

I was hoping for something a bit later so some schoolkid could do what MS haven’t in 15 years or so:

get VB working on arm.

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GSMA: EU net neutrality reforms are the enemy of business

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"according to a leading global mobile operators' association"

Mafia objects to policing.

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Ray-Ban to produce Google Glass data-goggs: Cool - or Tool?

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Re: Like the Blues Brothers reference

Think of the processing power you could get in a pair of Wayfarers!

I think Buddy Holly could have been carrying a data centre! Roy Orbison too!

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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If it enables internet access

and doesn’t run flash games well it will be a winner for the kids.

If the Indian teachers prepare and share lessons in html format the average schoolkid in India will be well ahead of the Imac filled schools here that are all flash, video and little content.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Rent

Unless its peppercorn! Mind you a single peppercorn that's gone through the UK supply chain and been wrapped in impenetrable plastic would be more than the average allotment rent these days.

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Re: Metric wood?

Your kiln?? I'm assuming that 25 feet of cable is enough to go round - but I'd hazard a guess that even air would retain heat better than your kiln would. You'd need Megawatts for stoneware.

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