* Posts by Tom 7

3037 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

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Gave Gnome another go

deleted it. Never sure what its meant to do - stop me getting near my computer?

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Ah shit

another new sim to inform my friend about!

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MARSQUAKES shook up range of hills in ancient lake bed

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Marsquakes - how about a more planetarily generic chocolate quakes?

But on a more serious note - while it is not inconceivable that these are wet lahars it has to be said that dry lahars are much more easily triggered and flow much more freely and further than wet ones. We dont generally see them on earth - cos its wet - but without surface tension to try and trap particles together and conduct static away dry lahars are a much more fluid beast altogether.

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Slough or Antarctica? Well, at least Antarctica has penguins

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That liquorice thing

that like the Marmite response but on a nuclear scale. You either really love it or have to go to war to make people pay for that shit.

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Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

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The great thing about being a geek dad/mother/uncle/aunt

Is two minutes on the internet and almost all of the above can be got for free or at prices that look pretty much free compared to the above. The solids of constant width are coming off the home made 3d now..

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Real Ale TWATS: In SPAAAACE, no one can churn your cream

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How can you get pissed, generously fed AND intellectually intrigued

for a mere tenner in this day and age?

By avoiding going to lectures in central London for a start.

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Cool technology: Submerged blade servers escape the heat

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Condoms

I've used a condom filled with water for cooling overheating CPUs before. It has the ability to wrap around components for good thermal transfer and so long as its filled carefully wont burst.

Now if someone could come up with some non-electrically active graphene type stuff....

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

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Re: German food

The only problem seems to be going through those 20Kph signs outside villages at 20Kph. Bloody law abiding bastards.

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Re: Education Abroad

My dad was a head of dept at a english uni and regularly taught in the US. He was really keen on the idea of students paying their own way as most of his students ended up in the US having been taught here at taxpayers expense. In his last few years he got a bit pissed off that most of his first years had to be brought up to the old A level standards before they could be taught at what he thought was university first year stuff. And then piss off to the states and invite him over to teach for the summer.

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Re: Infrastructure Crumbling

I get the impression that with the ongoing water shortage situation California will be closing down in the not too distant future unless you get a few years of continuous rain.

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Sonic BOOM: 10 blast-tastic soundbars

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Re: Am I missing something?

" but surely "a couple of speakers next to the tv" does take up more space than (e.g.) one of those sound "

Funnily enough that space is taken up with my 'Hi-Fi' speakers which I can plug the telly into so next door can hear what I'm watching.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Further proof that those that choose to go into design

should be shot.

It makes my eyes ache!

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Google pushes 'go' on Android Studio

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Re: Dissapointed

I've installed and run in on two machines - my 2 core laptop and a 4 core machine. Neither of them do KVM and using the virtual machines is nigh on impossible unless you're hacking all day. Easily 20 minutes to start the bloody thing and snapshot seems to make no difference.

Mind you that is down to the standard SDK - but its too slow to use occasionally. It works OK on a USB plugged device but not good for testing lots of options.

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Dissapointed

it doesnt run on android.

I'll stick with AIDE

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

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WTF

As someone who keeps a small herd of sheep and am still reeling from the uselessness of RFID ear tags - which often cost half the annual 'profit' on an animal I think this is probably a complete fucking waste of time and money,

Sheep have such a low profit margin that anything that costs more than about 50p can just fuckoff. Currently we have to put two ear tags on an animal and 30% of animals lose one in the first week - sheep will stick their heads through fences (cos they probably itch like buggery) and pull them out.

As for river flows - well currently we are encouraged to grow lots of things near rivers and streams to prevent pollution getting into streams - which are ... you've guessed it in hollows so wireless is going to be useless from the device and will need to be placed on structures which - judging from the normally 1' wide stream at the bottom of my field which is currently 3' deep and 20' wide - will cost thousands.

If you really want to get the IT hypewaggon rolling in the countryside I think two or three school children wielding a laptop with scratch on it could do a better job than whoever's fucking up the steam powered government web sites.

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

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Apple are really geting desperate here

calling out the truthers to stifle any debate ...

I dont think I'd like to be in court in case a missile hits it...

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This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night

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Keep it down will you!

Beer - if not on call (from either office or family) drink beer so any call can truly be answered with 'sorry I've had a couple of beers and am more likely to screw things up than help - come and join me!'

If your not paying me I'm not necessarily available.

Having said that I did have a boss who used to call me in the office from the pub and demand my presence there - which sounds nice but sometimes the only way to get the work done was for him not to be there.

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Sacre block! French publishers to sue Adblock maker – report

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Re: How much value to users put on web sites

"No need to use Ad Block since IE9"

I thought he meant it crashed before the ads could be displayed.

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Égalité, Fraternité - Oui, peut-etre. Liberté? NON, French speedcam Facebookers told

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Re: I just can't be arsed anymore!

Speeding is a weird thing - it doesnt seem to do you any good. I had a campervan that wouldn't break 70 and on long journeys (Edinburgh to London) it would take about 1/2 hr longer than quantum leaping the same route in the Missuses 20v 2l Fiat turbo and about 3 tanks of fuel. The thing about the camper was you could just step out of it at the end fresh as a daisy whereas the other car required 2 hrs rest and counselling afterwards.

As you can see that was a while ago - last time I did it a camel could have beaten the traffic.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

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Re: Re the Need For Standards

Nothing to do with being Luddites - using a credit card or anything like NFC for low value payments makes them high value payments.

Its just technology looking for a solution that for 99% of the solutions wont be any better and almost certainly worse.

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Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

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Tannenbaum

about 30 years ago?

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The Information Age: A day out for grown-up children?

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The comments seem to suggest

that the people who run science museums know very little about the audience of science museums. My daughter's (11) school trip popped in there last year and the three kids with any science bent found it utterly tedious* while the rest just had fun fighting over the activities.

* I should add that all three of them could look at a tray of fossils with little notes and go 'WOW!' for about an hour before moving on to the next tray.

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Plusnet customers SWAMPED by spam but BT-owned ISP dismisses data breach claims

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Re: "...we are comfortable there has been no compromise"

Whenever I've been involved in building this sort of database its always best to set it up so 'Select * from customers' isn't going to work to prevent this sort of thing. It does seem to be DB101 for a lot of places.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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The correct response to "it’s for my benefit"

is to politely point out that the increased time spent in safety checks is 5 times more likely to cause my death than terrorism does.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

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You dont get a plaintif in a murder case either

just sayin...

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BLAST-OFF! BOAT FREE launch at last. Orion heads for SPAAAAACE

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Re: @Johnr Stupid slam on the Tea Party

Only an idiot would do the conversion - or a simple piece of code. It shouldn't matter a toss which system you use - or both.

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

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No not in a coma

just not aware of what was going on in non-apple land.

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Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier

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Re: Erm..

Is it the level where neither of them run vBasic?

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If you want to run your C# stuff on your phone you could get hold of the Mono source and AIDE and try building it on your phone. Then when MS open source C# you can just use that.

Personally I'd get VNC Viewer and connect to your current setup with that.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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'Calling it "art" is stretching things a bit though.'

not been to a gallery lately then?

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Re: Hmmm?

Non existent hardware - you mean the android development kit? I never ever get battery problems on that but I've never managed a phone call.

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Re: Android 5.0 on Nexus 5

I allowed my N5 (2013) to update to 5.0. Only complaints are having to delete the shit I dont want all over again and it once again used up my data limit which I had turned off previously. This is not normally a problem but they've improved the phone thing and it actually works at my house which it didnt before unless you went in the attic and practiced weird yoga.It is now one of the few 'modern' phones that works in the house.

Seems easier to use overall but haven't plugged it into the HDMI telly yet to give AIDE a good run for its money.

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Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream

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They could try adding Hi-Fi to the mix

but then most people have got them already and only need a cheap adapter to achieve the same...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!

They've already go a load of letter heads printed with 'goosander' written on the so they will avoid any attempts at taxation (by negotiation with tory party donations inc.)

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Re: Slap an import duty on Trademark Rights being "imported"

They'd just import the rights through another EU country so no tax allowed.

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So its not VAT

and it wont acutally raise any tax revenues. Its a missed opportunity so Total Waste of A Tax.

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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Well this should revolutionise economics

and ...

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No wristjob, please, we're Apple fans: Just 10% would buy the Apple Watch

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Might just put a strap on my phone

it fits rather nicely on my wrist...

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Re: Boot speed

"I am happy to have systemd slice 10 seconds off the boot time."

But then when you try and do something it takes 11 seconds longer than it used to because the system was only pretending to be ready.

Boot times are pretty much down to 'shuffle papers on desk and move tea cup into optimal position and its all ready to go" and have been for a long while.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Re: 3 point turn..

I do several 3 point turns a day too - generally in turning in our yard. Got some of them sensors that tells me when I'm going to hit something reversing which seems really cool until you get into the service replacement car from the garage which hasnt got them and reverse over the cat.

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Eat FATTY FOODS to stay THIN. They might even help your heart

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Re: colour me cynical

Pssst - if you've got ten minutes try a speed reading course!

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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Re: "EDSAC ran at 500kHz"

Colossus ran at 5.7Mhz - valves were a lot lot quicker than early transistors and much faster than the earliest microcomputer chips. But as you point out micorcomputers had some advantages that made it worth investigating...

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Re: LEO vs s360

What always amazes me about Leo is that it seemed to do more for automating Lyons tea rooms than some (most?) ERP setups I've seen running on several billion times the computing power.

It certainly pisses all over BTs ordering system!

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

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Re: "Starring Adam Sandler"

Tony Blair is funnier than Sandler.

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Under the Iron Sea: YES, tech and science could SAVE the planet

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So a guy dumps some shit in the sea and next years salmon run is huge

so did he have a tardis - these buggers live at least three years and nearer 7 for most of them

And did he compare it with the run on the asian side to see if that was different? The amount he dumped couldnt have affected more than a miniscule percentage of the pacific so any claims he makes are pretty much bonkers in terms of wildlife effects.

You must also remember that if we start fertilising then we will seriously change the balance of power amongst the various species - see the current jellyfish swarms and red tides around the med etc - and may wipe out a huge food source.

Its funny how all the unseen problems with this can be solved whereas the technically easy problems associated with green energy are too complicated to even consider!

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Blackout Saturday: Oracle website DIES after mammoth US shopping binge

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We'll update this story if Oracle does get in touch.

That will put a new twist on 'breaking news'.

I'd do that on a test server first!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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Re: Not the hottest...

While hot can be fun flavour is well handy too. That Bhut Jolockia is a tad warm but has a good depth of flavours and is useful for cooking but is nowhere near as useful for cooking as a Habanera which you can use to make much hotter food because its other flavours in it make you keep eating while loosing half your bodyweight in sweat.

Some of the new hot peppers are just crude but you can see some of the older peppers have evolved and developed as objects of pleasure and not just competition material.

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Re:Re: No Bacon?

And neither is 15 pints of Scruttocks Old Dirigible? What's your point?

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

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That bastard gave me OCD

I think I spent half my life clicking <PREV on his bloody web site!

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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Re: Calculate the size of meteorites that can survive passing through earths atmosphere

Have you heard of Occams razor? Panspermia is not impossible, but if you do the maths involved and then compare it with the possibility that it started here on earth then you end up with a majority shareholding in several of the major intergalactic depilation product manufacturers.

It would come up with several working bits in the IEEE754 64 bit number scheme though but its still barking in the wrong forest.

We had everything needed for life on earth before it started. Recent experiments have had a few hundred amino acids join up to form rna chains spontaneously at sub zero temperatures. Before life appeared on earth the moon was closer and we had more frequent massive tides - imagine huge piles of slush and bedrock and silt being ground around in bay several times a day - that's one mother of a chemistry set!

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