* Posts by Tom 7

3110 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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Re: The day...

Or you could just claim to have seen it and say how shit it is. That way you dont have to even feel the slightest bit guilty and successfully stop the rip off merchants making a few sales.

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Synths of the father: Making some noise at NAMM 2015

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Ah thanks

I built a few analogue synths as a youth, midi'ed up the odd piano and spent many happy hours making noises that would attract blue whales and bowls of petunias. But much as I love the smell of (now illegal) flux in the morning I've always been able to bend digital to my will and having £50,000 worth of synth in a laptop has always been quite attractive.

You really ought to see what you can do with a £50 graphics card, csound and a few mouse clicks. I hope someone develops a multi-touch standard for controlling these things cos you can get a lot from a 10" android tab.

Not as much fun as spinning rheostats and pluggin patchleads though so I might need to make a Pi controller...

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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This will turn it around again

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/31/microsoft_tells_large_enterprises_no_free_windows_10_for_you/

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Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open

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BYOD

for those monkeys that cant be retrained to browse the web on linux - sorted

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Re: Rollout timetable

No - you'll find they'll slip behind schedule and the government will stump up some money and it will slip some more and they'll keep slipping until that stops working. Then they will install some fibre an charge you through the nose for it.

I'd like some evil barrage balloons please.

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Charles Townes, inventor of the laser and friend to both science and religion, dies

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Re: An astounding inventor and dreamer

I think they've found some natural SER but not light so I guess it still stands...

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FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Re: people don't need

I ran a system that phoned into a PAD and downloaded at 2400 baud over 1000 orders every morning in 40 minutes - all straight into the ERP system - with only me getting involved occasionally.

Once we got some internet is was deemed useful to have everyone sent in their orders on word documents and by the time I left the company they had over 100 employees printing out the orders and double entrying them into the ERP - saved them £30 a month on the original system.

I'd imagine by now they probably have an employee trying to input 4Gbyte videos of interpretive dance of the orders into the system.

Maybe I'm cynical but the actual noise rate is increasing faster than bandwidth so we are really getting less useful data through. Though the law of the pass of least resistance would suggest I'm right.

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Re: Seems they've forgotten what "broadband" actually means

I'm FTTC - at 1.7M - since BT decided the cabinet 2 miles from my house was not a cabinet any more and my cabinet is next to the exchange now.

But at least they got some public money for modifying a DB record!

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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Re: So Microsoft are looking for big software to justify big desktop computers...

I guess that should run on most linux computers - not that I can be arsed to try...

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Of course the flip side

A faggot can be a bundle of wood. The sort used in the middle ages to burn women of a certain persecution.

Interestingly the worktool used to help form faggots is called a 'boy'.

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Re: Google can't win

I find 'ancients' very offensive!

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: Flash Bash

Java, Active X, Flash, SilverLight,... the pattern goes on.

But let us not forget why they became so popular in the first place - because of the horrifically broken, limited and outdated HTML specifications, that hamper any attempt to put pixels on the screen at a specific location, due to the people who wrote Java, ActiveX, Flash, SilverLight,... joining in the standardisation of HTML and javascript and trying to stop their development in their tracks so their products could be sold.

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: Billion

I have several old Astronomical books where a billion is as it should be and not the short changed american financial boast.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Fusion cooking for one night only

Sweet and sour haggis - brilliant for chinese burns night!

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Re: WTF ???

And the panchetta rind - chop into bits and fry before eating the bugger like pork scratchings.

The thing about these kind of ragouts is the more flavourful fat the better.

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Be a little ironic to learn they're just a horded collection of

Page III's and other art pamphlets.

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Polish chap builds computer into a mouse

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Re: 128 GB flash ... nobody will be able to work for long with so little storage

I know a couple of people who keep copies of every film ever made but most people rarely break 20 gig or so (excluding operating system) and if they do they tend to go for NAS and a bit of organising by then.

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Canonical goes all Internet of Stuff with Ubuntu for DRONES

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Linux for the Rooftop!

NT.

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

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BT have a different approach

They throttle their own site!

If you want to get onto their MyBT site they just fill your bandwidth with irrelevant 'news' articles so that by the time you get to 'Speed Test' (which is invisible once your logged in) the universe has undergone a heat death or two.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: On the BBC ... "2014 confirmed as warmest year"

You wouldn't want to believe those NASA scientists - just after more money to get off the planet so they just say its warming.

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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The best way to find flaws is to use the methods that should be used in testing in the first place: take part of an API and fire shit at it until it fails in a way you can take advantage of. Twenty years ago this was almost pointless but now you can exercise an interface with several tens of million different bits of crap in a second - a lot easier than reading the source code.

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Amazon's tax deal in Luxembourg BROKE the LAW, says EU

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Re: PR is the special olympics of electoral systems - you get elected just for turning up.

@Cliff

"PR though has severe limitations of its own. By not having local representation, it divorces electorate from their MP's further"

I think you'll find the party systems wipes out almost all local representation - my MP votes for his party not his constituency, almost all of them do.

However were perceived to be a real problem with PR then perhaps some proper local representation should be introduced like upgrading councils and the like.

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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It may very well be the end of the desktop.

Most people seem to be more than happy with phones and small tablets for 99% of their requirements.

Assuming some of the big on-line presences work out how to sell shit on a phone most people aren't going to want a desktop at home - a walk round a town gives you a glimpse into living-rooms where the sofa is populated by a grown up watching the telly and two kids on phones.

The desktop may continue at work but if it does I dont think its going to be new windows - I've still not actually seen anyone using 8 and a 75 year old yesterday told me she'd gone back to 7 on her new PC she hated it so much!

I dont think there will be a year of the Linux desktop but if I can run my linux apps on my phone and use it on a large screen when I need apps that need screenspace (not a desktop just access to apps) then I can see that becoming my major device.

Now anyone got a bluetooth HDMI chip set in the offing?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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Is this just pure masochism.

I've not yet tried the Reaper but is it worth it? Since your not eating it neat then 4 times as much scotch bonnets would add a bloody nice flavour and the same amount (density?) of heat. Bhut Jolokia also has a nice flavour but more savoury that the sweet/umami of a bonnet so perhaps not so good for a breakfast omelette.

I've had some 'pointless' hot chillies - containing just heat and no more flavour than a US hot pepper sauce but you can be macho and gastronomic at the same time and I've eaten jerk pork with a much higher scoville count that that omellete that I'd go back for seconds of without mates to egg me on.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: It needs to be asked . . .

Are you suggesting the passengers will be subjected to overloud 1D music based advertising throughout their journey? I'd homogenise myself to get away from that.

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Re: Problemo?

If you let air into an evacuated tube then it will blow the pods into each other at very high speed. Why not just use air as the thing that drives the pods down the tube - and prevents them bashing into each other? A simple reinforced concrete* tube 5m in diameter could take a mini bus in a pod and a slight pressure behind it would accelerate it to near supersonic speeds very easily** and not use that much power. So long as the COG is below the center of the pod it will take bends comfortably for the passengers.

*plexiglass for a scary view:

** it would take less than a 1/10th atmosphere overpressure behind a 12 tonne pod with give 1G acceleration! 400mph would do me for getting from one end of the UK to another if sitting in my own car - like air travel more time will be spent in 'boarding' than travelling so doubling the speed would be pointless.

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Crap broadband holds back HALF of rural small biz types

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Re: I heard a Radio 4 thing about this last year.

Or maybe they did! I'm 6 miles from the exchange which has just gone FTTC . My cabinet was 2 miles away - its now apparently moved back to the exchange when it comes to BB though the engineers that come to swap over the pairs when it rains still have trouble not calling it ' the cabinet'.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Where is the original likeness that we're not meant to copy?

It would be nice if they would let us have link so cowards like me could draw someone else.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Probably NSFW

http://oglaf.com/panacea/

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Sits in comfy chair

with a large bowl of torrified barley just in case!

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Comet Lovejoy's greenish glow visible with naked eye this weekend

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Northern stargazers?

Look south not north!

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Re: Do you know what i have noticed?

What like the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury lined up to apologise for that twat Brevik?

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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not owned by Africans.

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20 years on: The satirist's satirist Peter Cook remembered

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2000 Gin and tonics

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door - Cook at his sneering best somehow managing to shine amongst the Dangerous Brothers.

The man was an absolute genius.

Make them large ones!

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Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

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Re: Falcon Tours ?

The flights pretty quick - compared with getting from the parking lot onto the rocket!

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Re: No point in kicking a dead dog.

So two brothers organising a shooting - by talking to each other - means a complete overhaul of human rights?

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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@Mike Bell

but remember your working with software here not hardware - the walls pull apart to allow the bulldozer through.

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Agile works fine

A lot of design methodologies work fine in the hands of experienced coders. By experienced I mean they've been through the process from top to bottom a few times.

1)Oh - and management has to have done that too. Which is where most things fall down.

I've used the 'write the code in meetings and when no-ones watching and then present it as an option" approach a few times. Best to bring out working code that's not 'a la mode' when they're desperate for it.

But the best approach is normally to subtly get the customer to accept something that's already out there - its what they want most of the time and the chances are only an experienced developer will recognise their problem is really as old as the hills. But see point 1) above.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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So its more efficient in the use of fuel

but still really bad for global warming!

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Hey, bacteria: Resistance is FUTILE – boffins grow new super-antibiotic

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Re: Past, learn from, uh...duh...huh?

One possible solution to the iCold victims asking for pills is to ban the product in pill format - make it only available in an injectable slow release capsule that would prevent them not taking the full dose.

You'd need to allergy test them first by which time the cold would be gone and so would they!

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: I love the scientific 'bent' here . . .

"Other explorers and incoming (space) data analysts would do well to follow her lead when they see (or think they've seen) something groundbreaking."

All I can add is these buggers from NASA are just not paying attention - or letting their imaginations run riot enuf.

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: it's all a nice theory...

Not sure how the VLT is getting on but I can imagine some space based version in our lifetime, which might be able to have a peek.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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The way I remember it

Employee gets promotion to maximum level of ability. Does good job, Higher level management embarrassed by someone doing better job than them - moves them to other projects until they finally accept outsourcing to better paid job elsewhere.

Or alternatively they work alongside helping outsourcing that had to be done by tender and company that won the contract makes them an offer they cannot refuse and they disappear with all their useful knowledge leaving their old department 'undefended'.

There's never been a 'ooh Lovely Jubbly' amongst good people - just a lack of resources to prevent others deliberately screwing over the taxpayer.

Thats why theres so much activeX/IE6 in the world - a two year old could replace most of it but would never be allowed near enough to sort things.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Start Button

they were just looking for a start button.

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Alien Earths are out there: Our home is not 'unique'

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Re: 2 cups oxygen

Destroy the planet to make some cling film - sorted!

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: Simple work-round?

So if I write a complete pile of shit and you start to read it, realise it is total crap, you still have to pay? Mmmmwahhhhhhaaahhha!

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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Moonpig

proof that you can sell a computer and a printer to a fuckwit and they will merely use it to connect to someone else's computer and printer.

My daughters school were in the process of designing xmas cards to sent to someone else for printing and sending and taking a huge cut when I pointed out they had everything they needed to do it themselves and it would be a good excercise as part of business studies.

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Nvidia flops out TERAFLOP X1 for self-aware cars

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Re: I hope it is heat tolerant

@Cuddles. Under a car bonnet (hood for the WSOPs) the temperature can reach over 200C with ease - all you need to do is drive around a bit and then park in tarmac car park on a calm but sunny day. The heat rising from the tarmac combined with the heat from engine and exhaust manifold easily raises the air temp under there. I've returned to my car twenty minutes after parking to find the cooling fan still running flat out in blighty before now.

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Re: I hope it is heat tolerant

The chips used in EMU systems are a lot simpler than even one CPU and so a lot easier to make environmentally rugged.

I have a hunch to make these things rugged would need biscuit sized lumps of silicon.

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Three expat Brits explain their move to Australia

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Can you brew your own in OZ?

Just asking cos I cant live without proper beer and last I hear the only one brewing their own out there was my uncle who was a customs inspector and confiscated all the homebrew ingredients and made them up at home!

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