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* Posts by Tom 7

2913 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Doctor Who and the Dalek: 10-year-old tests BBC programming game

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Re: hold on...

@dogged - no you will not bin the pascal work! If its something good then it can be linked in to other stuff without being re-written.

You can re-use stuff from other language with ease nowadays! Or at least you could 30 years ago.

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Re: VB for children? Who else?

I used it to upgrade the offices version of SQLSever4.5 (?) to do all the things we needed it to do that were on offer in the next version without actually having to spend around £35K upgrading everything for the sake of keeping some bugger who'd heard of a new feature he wanted happy.

You can do good things in almost any language if you want to!

Mind you I was well pissed off when I discovered they'd sneaked OO into it and not really told anyone - that would have saved me a few hours!

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Re: copy of Visual C++ as their ideal Christmas present

Especially as I was already using eclipse and netbeans to drive a linux cluster and the VisualC++ would cost me a years pocket money in hookey MS installs.

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app is GO

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Sounds bloody insecure

Siri turn that shit off will you?

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'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'

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I'm currently using a condom for cooling!

Filled with water and tied up so it rests on the top of the chip - does a wonderful job.

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Is living with Dolby Atmos worth the faff?

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Re: Pure H2O versus Flavoured drinks

The audio industry (It doesnt even try to be hi-fi these days) gave up on reproduction quality years ago.

And who can blame them - there's no point in making good quality amps that last for 50 years like they did in the 60's when you can sell them woo every few years for 10 times the price.

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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A case of can't see the sticks

for the logs?

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Microsoft, Docker bid to bring Linux-y containers to Windows: What YOU need to know

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Containers

wasn't this the sort of thing they designed into them there microporcessors* many plutos ago?

* I had to do an exam on microporcessors! Oh nowadays I could litigate me way onto a first!

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Re: Embrace. Extend. Extinguish. from 20 years ago. Do get with the times.

wont be readable anymore will they?

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Re: More than the core Transfer heat to turbines

If you was in a plane wouldn't you want to just transfer the energy to directly drive the damn thing?

One thing though - if we are smart enough to contain a violently dynamic fusion reaction surly we should be able to contain a simple combustion plasma in some form of magnetic resonator and extract the energy from that. That way we could burn coal at near 100% efficiency and have an almost pure stream of the CO2 and other noxious gasses straight for underground disposal?

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'Theoretical' Nobel economics explain WHY the tech industry's such a damned mess

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Re: Economists

Na - it was always a bull or bear moving the goalposts.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: Why would you PARSE FONTS in the kernel?

One way of locking other browsers out of your system?

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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What?

Just what?

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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In the absence of manuals...

I seem to remember manuals filling shelves rarely helped in programming. Mostly there for thermal mass.

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Google tosses cash wad into $500m Magic Leap tin – report

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Cinematic reality

just have a loop of annoying one sided phone conversations and stick a load of popcorn down your shirt,

Occasionally shine a torch in your eyes in case you are recording the show...

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Influential scribe Charles Petzold: How I figured out the Windows API

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If Oracle get their way over copyrighting API's and backdated it

MS would have died long ago.

The only people who would be able to program the API would have been malware writers.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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Re: So...

"He was wrong, but could anybody have reliably predicted it at the time?"

A huge number of Reg readers predicted it. Well extrapolated from MS EEE approach that has existed since they got bigger than a shed.

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Linux Foundation plans open-source drone hit

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Re: This is a good thing

I'm not so sure - but that's only cos I was going to buy one I couldn't tinker with and now I will have an overtinkered UWTV (Unmanned work top Vehicle) or desk fan.

Probably.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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Re: Walled garden? Whic... what walled garden?

cat fish you mean?

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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I've just realised - they copied the design from my MK14

If Sinclair had only patented right angled corners...

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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You have typo'ed the password too many times so you now have doubts that it is

the correct one for this account after all.....

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Re: Cherry picking Ooh. Data.

The link was given above but here it is again http://www.the-cryosphere.net/8/1539/2014/tc-8-1539-2014.html

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Re: Cherry picking

The area of ice has increased but not its volume which has reduced by some 128Km**3 per year for the last 3 years.

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Audio playground: How does an Oculus Rift with surround sound sound?

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Boost?

Or lock-in?

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Oracle are most definitely evil

and have shit for brains - if they win this they are screwed.

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LTE's backers vow to KILL OFF WI-FI and BLUETOOTH

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Re: So LTE would appear to be a powerplay by Qualcomm, then?

Upvote for nearly inventing the word Trollbooth.

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First gigabit-over-COPPER chipset lands

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Cheap gigabit fibre has been possible since the late 80's

And it doesn’t go all shitty when it rains.

@bazza Its likely to be more reliable in terms of 999 calls if it can actually connect too - i was off for a few hours this weekend even though there was power and connection. And as for cost - well I've had some 200 hours of maintenance on my line over the last 8 years all because of water getting into the system. And I expect the same over the next few years until I finally get FTTH.

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

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I do hope someone else buys it

or an important part of it.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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If I watched any program with that kind of anally retentive attitude

I'd have died as my major intestine would have strangled my brain despite not being capable of animation...

ah fuck it. Have a pan galactic gargle blaster and fucking chill out!

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

Make things simple my arse - do all the little things you think are a pain in the arse and you will find that your arse does not need liposuction.

Best bit about a fire is going and chopping the wood and then coming in and opening the windows cos it too hot indoors.

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Re: Do they really care? Izal

from the latin for 'spread it around until it dries out and drops off'.

That was one shit toilet paper.

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: So sad... Cold Turkey on flavour...

so no flavour no chewing - no reason to stop until you bloat.

That's really not going to help anyone trying to diet.

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Something will happen in Google 'dominance' probe. Just don't ask me what - EU antitrust chief

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In one of Milligans books

a Scot returning from war is told by the customs officer to pay import duty on a bottle of scotch. The Scot drinks some and passes it round and then finishes it off. The customs officer tries to get the MP's to arrest him - 'Why?' 'He's drunk' 'No he's not' <shrilly>'He will be'</shrilly>.

That's Margrethe Vestager that is - though I think Kafka is doing some editing too.

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Supercomputer water-cooling comes to solar power

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Re: Hang on a minuite !!!!

I've been an advocate of renewables for a long time but it is remarkable how people seem to miss things that are bleeding obvious when someone spots them.

5 years ago interest rates made renewable a serious investment and windmills are precision engineered and very expensive. Now interest rates are fuck all and it actually makes a lot of sense to put up much cheaper but not quite as efficient ones - imagine pressed steel blades rather than handcrafted profiled jobies - £10 for a meter long one rather than £150 ...

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Re: Still inefficient

And it looks like they get 60% more in terms of hot water.

Not bad compared with the 40% you might get from a nuclear power station - well over twice as 'efficient'.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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Capitalism is hoping it wont catch on.

There are too many vested interests to allow a truly disruptive technology like renewables catch on.

Apart from the real possibility of a reduction in energy prices due to overproduction the possibility of almost every home to be a producer rather than a consumer does tend kick the stockmarket the other way.

Most renewables are not mass produced - a 1kw generator in a car costs about £50, the same for a windmill £400. The monolithic silicon for a grid connected inverter could easily reduce the cost to 1/4 of current prices. Mass produced but slightly less efficient windmills could be stuck anywhere the wind blows. Hydrogen generation and then reuse in fuel cells was demonstrated a 82% efficiency in the early 90's and that's before you use any O2 generated to increase the thermal efficiency of burning things you have to burn.

We have all the bits to go very largely renewable but the people who would normally invest in this stuff have too many shares in the incumbent technology to see electricity drop to 3 or 4p a unit.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: In 1215 at Runnymede, do da, do da.

The fall out for the commoners was due to the black plague giving them powers that the barons have been trying to take away ever since

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TEEN RAMPAGE: Kids in iPhone 6 'Will it bend' YouTube 'prank'

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Re: Great work

A friend bought a Rolex Oyster that filled with water the first time he popped his hands overboard.

Rolex had it back 3 times before they actually tried fixing it. He had to demand a glass of water very loudly in the shop to demonstrate to the unbelieving arseholes that it did indeed fill with water before it was 200m down,

Road testing can be good when the seller is a little too self confident.

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Kenyan court case could sound death knell for mobile money

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Re: Big business uses laws to stop competition?

I thought they got laws written to stop competition.

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What's a Chromebook good for? How about running PHOTOSHOP?

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Re: I can't find my Instamatic ...

Wireless disk at around £100 a TB. fits in your pocket, lasts longer than you do and you can 'share' with others without the bloody cloud getting in your way.

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Stoop? Stoop?

Just cos there is an austrailian owner of newspapers it doesnt follow that the word works upside down now.

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: have an upvote - there is NO missing out.

He may be missing out on those you mentioned but to hear those you have to miss out on other stuff: two ears one life and more music than you could listen to on double speed in a cryogenic life preserver.

You dont even need audio - you can get some insights into a lot of stuff using things like musescore where you even get to mix your own arrangements! Might not be the same as having an orchestra or live album but judging from the noises coming from people ear buds and stupid little balls on tables most dont seem to give a shit about sound verity anyway.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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WindowsOne

Song.

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "cites disproving the existence of God"

Another corruption of text over time

Its "God moves in mysterious WHEYS" which was the advertising campaign of "Cheeses of Nazareth"

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Sounds a barrel of laughs.

I shall wait for that one to come on before teleshopping at 3am.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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Is diaspora shrinking?

Or is it just not paying to scream about itself.

If I had my own diaspora server so that I could keep all my data safe and under my control and not have to answer requests for friending sunglass salestwats you wouldn't know about it unless I invited you to join me on it or vice versa.

That's the whole point of it for some people.

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

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Re: I probably missed something

"They are shopped not to demonstrate coolness, relevance, hip. but to prevent disruption to their cash flow from more efficient ways (for the customer) of doing things"

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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I must buy a fracking company.

and a house in Bruges.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: huh? Beat me to it.

No I think Iain Thomson did when the wrote it. You people new to the register?

And Iain you missed the obvious one about his security being modelled on his software?

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: I can connect to whatever database powers your site

I'm not pretending otherwise. If people cant be arsed to put in decent security on your web site dont try and blame it something else. Its very easy to write procedures to do everything you want and prevent abuse and as a web manager its very easy to prevent coders from writing (or at least running) sql on a world facing server. You should do that anyway - not blame your fuckup on someone else finding a way to exploit it.

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