* Posts by Tom 7

3642 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

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If Edvard Munch was alive today

I would be buying artist paint futures.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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Re: I've always wanted to know

In the early days - when there were less than about 5k devices on a chip there was not a lot of automation available and many hours were spent laying out stuff and you would learn what bits looked like. Worse than that - I used to layout NMOS on a tectronic storage scope which wrote on a green screen with a very bright stream of electrons that left a glow that was a bit brighter than the dark green background, After a long day on one of these you could stand in the pub and whole parts of the circuit would literally flash before your eyes!

Towards the ends of the eighties a huge amount of CAD had been developed and you would only hand craft (and hence recognise) repeated parts to get the maximum utilisation of space and these parts would stay with you for a long time.

I worked on some (for then) ultra high speed bipolar and the high (relatively) power consumption meant chips didnt have too many components and were largely pad limited the pads the connecting wires were attached were on 100u 'grid' so you could spend a month or more trying to shrink some part of the circuit by 10 or 20u so the whole chip size would drop 100u and you could get another 15 devices from a 4" die. When you spend that amount of time on something you remember it.

Not sure what its like these days - wanted to get into it again but they wanted £40k just to see the process details FFS.

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Re: Power line. ESD protection diodes???

Did we have them then? ISTR shorting the world to earth around then.

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8086 was also 8080 compatible too IIRC

In the sense that 8080 asm could be converter to (shitish)8086.

Not sure it that put any restrictions on the 8086.

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Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship

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Popcorn time perhaps?

Something interesting deep in the accounts that cant be massaged away?

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London seeks trials of Google's robo-cars

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Re: two class system

Electric self drive would require nowhere near the ventilation or escape routes combustion engines do - the possibility of them organising as a group means that they could far more easily escape from a fire situation - no idiots leaning on their horns and refusing to reverse out of the way. You really wouldnt need much more than tunnels a bit larger than the 'standard' vehicle size over sub-Thames type distances.

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The only problem with autonomous cars

is some idiots might insist on good old competitive approaches to the driving software rather than co-operative resource utilisation: you know people paying to access the emergency service service so they can fly down the 'outside' lane while waving fifty pound notes out the window having paid for the privilege.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Re: This doesn't make sense.

I'd weld its shut and add several other gates too.

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Forget Tiger Woods – here's Cyber Woods: Robot golfer hits hole-in-one during tournament

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Re: I guess there must have been no wind?

Do you people never get out? Wind is sneaky - and fractal! Any obstruction you might imagine is a windbreak is really just something to add more chaos to the system.

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Re: Robotic golfers - Weaponised?

Obviously never been hit by a golf ball! No need to weaponise something that can hit 3" hole at 135yds - take one of those in the head your not going to be walking around for a while.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re the stupid question

Put it this way - the sun is huge. The pressure in the core and consequent density of the plasma is equally fucking huge so the chances of things banging together AND fusioning is really high even at the lower temperature.

On planet earth (I used to live there once) we can only get small amounts of relatively vapour like plasma and the only way to get a usable amount of fusion is to get it really really really hot so they bang together more and stand a higher likely hood of fusioning.

Its really really hard to do and may not be feasible but like all good science should produce some fantastic by products - I'm hoping for some decent coils for my next set of headphones!

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Re: Not your enemy

Under the neo-capitalist approach everyone is your enemy - especially the consumer.

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Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser

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Re: I suppose a lot of us would like to know...

@mikey - have a look in $Windows.~BT - you will find a nice winbloat file that is waiting for you to upgrade to w10 whether you want to or not.

Just a little smaller than this fully functional rasbian system I'm typing this on.

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Boffins smear circuitry onto contact lenses

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They trying to turn us into robots?

I .. am .. an .. Iborg.

Oh hang on that's patented..

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Flash array biz Tegile swings axe on staff

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Tegile

isnt that the french colloquial for 'Shut it'?

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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

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Re: Luggable

I think luggables were all used up in the first gulf war - they were the only things denser than uranium that wasn't gold.

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Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles

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Anyone for kickstarting

an eagle catching drone?

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Google Search head: I'm off. Yes, I told you yesterday. On Google+

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Can the search head tell me how to turn off all that collection stuff

that makes Google+ completely unusable?

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

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It is like someone else saw where they installed the safe

except its not cos only a complete areshole would have a safe installed and then rip down their front gate, front door, bedroom door and cupboard door and leave the safe open.

If a hyperlink takes you to your safe contents dont blame it on the hyperlink.

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

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Re: horses for courses "[...] languages with optimising overrides [...]"

Shit optimizers need checking too - simple unit tests should pick that up. Its the whole development environment that needs to work - including the Fuckwits Up Top who claim all the glory and none of the shit. The number of places I've worked where some FUT has got a bonus for implementing a time saving shortcut that has added years to the project and then got another bonus for removing the shortcut and everything has started progressing again.

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Re: horses for courses

Having seen type-safe languages with optimising overrides added cause rockets to explode a few hundred feed from the launch pad I'd say - once again - that blaming it on the language is completely wrong.

Something of this seriousness require belts, braces and a seriously well hardened bolt through the navel.

The software engineering wrapped around the code should ensure this shit cant happen. You dont blame the bricky who makes a wall of substandard bricks - its the dick-head that didnt make sure they were up to standard that needs a case of manslaughter against them.

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Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database

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I know american beer is generally piss

but the efforts they go to avoid that brewery pissup...

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

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Not just sensible cables please - sensible hardware too!

Many moons ago (a habit I must stop) I popped a £1599 1.6Gbyte brand new hard drive in and it started smoking. It was returned and replaced but while it was away I used the power lead (which came with the drive) to fry another drive. It had the 12 and 0V swapped over!!

I've discovered a lot of random choices on devices that use those round power plugs. A few diodes here and there would save a lot of money - but then I guess ignoring standards is a pathetic attempt to get more.

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For sale: One 236-bed nuclear bunker

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X7 - Claughton

Used to play in a monitoring bunker in Caton - just down the road. No food but loads of cider and beer!

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

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Re: Core routers caught fire

failover routers were next to them (DOH!) also also burned.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

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Re: Do they think we're daft?

High-end tech skills in public service have surprisingly high value. I worked at a small council and got job offers - not to do anything but prevent me being around the council office taking the piss out of their extremely expensive efforts to lever even simple tasks away from the council and into their profitable grasp. The unfortunate thing was they were worse than we were at doing the job, incredibly worse.

But their lawyers were brilliant at running rings round the councils, once they had made the decent ones offers only idiots like me (who actually have a smidgen of self respect left) could refuse.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Not knowing what your coding in is a good one!

I do a lot of full blown web to DB stuff and, being disinclined to make more work for myself than necessary often use a lot of stored procedures on the DB end to make things more OO where I can. I also write a lot of things to build and rebuild most of my code/db for me.

Normally works pretty well until some bright spark at Postgres decided to make stored procedures overloadable - or maybe I'd never noticed before. All the tests ran OK, the code was fine until the DB procedure started returning shit - even though the tests on 'those' procedures ran fine.

Spent about a week thinking I was going insane and very nearly doing so until I ran one of those gui db frontends and saw lots of procedures with the same name.

So another load of checking added to the show...

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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@ Charlie Clark

"As for the service provider: I'll use whoever I think offers the best service in a free market."

Best of luck with that - I've got only one option since BT bought out EE as they are now the only one whose signals reach here!

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

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Re: Britain as a Digital Powerhouse

Can they get you by the short and curlies if you've had a brazillian?

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OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

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They've given up on the low cost thing then?

NC.

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Stop everything! PC sales did increase in the UK over Christmas

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Re: The PC is dead

You mean those machines that are found on the accountants desk but never the engineers.

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

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Re: Privatisation

@Veti - because it took them that long to get round to destroying Martlesham Heath.

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Something needs to be done

my local exchange went FTTC with a large dollop of public funds. My cabinet designation moved 4 miles back to the exchange in the process so I'm no better off <2Mb.

I've approached other providers but they all say its pointless as the BT/Openreach basically means that BT has got the heads up about everything and can make offers the customer cannot refuse.

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Re: Privatisation

"Yeah, because the GPO was such a proactive bastion of forward thinking and cutting edge tech. Oh, wait..."

Funnily enough in 1990 they had a microchip design that could have received and driven 2.4Gbs over 10Km of fibre for $5 and they were pulling the fibre at around £10 for the 10Km.

So your house could have had 2.4Gb fibre installed 25years ago for massively less than the cost of the actual installation.

And what stopped it? Privatisation!

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: The article author is part of the problem.

They do pay their employees though, and their employees pay income tax. In fact in most cases the employers pay the income tax on their employees salaries "as they earn".'

No - they largely pay the minimum wage so their employees pay no tax and are almost certainly in receipt of some government subsidy like housing benefit. The number of companies that are subsidised to rip us off is rising by the hour!

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Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

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Re: Oops!

I'm surprised it was so obvious. I'd imagine most of the payments for favours were done in banks in foreign climes that, for some unidentifiable technological reason, it is not possible to monitor or prevent cash flowing in and out.

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Rust 1.6 released, complete with a stabilised libcore

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Re: People are in Denial about C and C++

Don't worry - someone will work out a way to do buffer overflow in rust and it will become commonplace.

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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When Lancastrians stalked the earth..

is that what the Eemian means?

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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Outside the M25

they all suffer from extreme agoraphobia.

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Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'

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Faust - given freely out here:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/14591

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Re: I'll do it on the Pi thank you

Don't play it myself but do help the IT teacher at the local primary. It seems sufficient for their programming purposes. They're toying with the idea of dropping the windows machines completely as the maintenance is more than 'sticking in a new PI2' if anything goes wrong.

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I'll do it on the Pi thank you

Under Raspbian.

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New open-source ad-blocking web browser emerges from brain of ex-Mozilla boss Eich

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When I get a gigabit pipe with no limits

I will be on the lookout for a browser that allows the page to load and then promptly disables any user interaction with any advertising shit and makes it invisible so the both the advertisers and I am happy.

Cross domain restrictions will ensure there is no way of the advertisers knowing,

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Re: No Daily Mail? Excellent, sign me up.

And I will defend to the death my right not to listen to or read that shit.

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It's Wikipedia mythbuster time: 8 of the best on your 15th birthday

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4.

Do google really make money from Wikipedia - if I want to know a 'fact' I go strait there, not via Google.

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

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Pointless Document Format.

Does nothing it says on the tin.

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Test burn on recycled SpaceX rocket shows almost all systems are go

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Re: Desparate or Greedy

Re the Hindenburg - I do wonder whether H2 is not the ideal solution - with an inert gas enclosure and detectors. The Hindenburg was leaking gas at a rate the would have dropped it into the sea quite quickly so He would not have made it much safer.

H2 would be so much cheaper - and far more buoyant, and more importantly you can make h2 impermeable and inflammable membranes but not impermeable for He.

I should add I discussed this with someone who flew as an engineer on the R103 and he was pretty much convinced that by the time H2 would become a problem its really a question of how hard you hit the ground irrelevant of what gas you were using.

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Happy 30th birthday, IETF: The engineers who made the 'net happen

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FAIL

IETF minutes in PDF?????

They'll get the hang of it one day!

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Russian Pastafarian wins right to bear colander

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Re: sociologists ... who get to decide what is a religion and what is a cult.

Sunday schools? presumably that makes Islam and Judaism cults as they dont do sunday school.

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Eight-billion-dollar Irish tax bill looms over Apple

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Re: I am a socialist... but

I think you're taken in by the glitz. Its not the European cities with these multinationals actually benefiting more the ones without suffering more noticeably.

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