* Posts by Tom 7

3314 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: Today at the Macumba Night: IT ladies coding shamelessly

When I worked down the pit it was still illegal for women and children to work down the pit. I've a feeling it still is.

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OnePlus 2: The smartie that's trying to outsmart Google's Android

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Re: Carbon not Kevlar

Kevlar - so the internals can be ground to dust but the case will be fine!

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Boffins go to FUNGI town: Riddle of 100-year-old HAIRY, ICY dead wood finally cracked

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Needle ice is a similar thing

below 4C water starts to expand and effectively forces itself out of the ground where the cold air freezes it immediately creating spikes and mounds and all sorts of crazy things. I have a feeling that is all that is going on here - other than the fungus creating wood with a sponge like structure.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: UK comparison

Free enterprise is illegal.

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PEAK PLUTO: Stunning mountain ridge snapped by New Horizons craft

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Re: More Plutonian mountains

I'm inclined to think the relatively flat bit is an impact crater - there appears to be its ejecta to the 'east' and 'south' and I'm wondering if the mountains are in fact large lumps of ice that were deposited by a kind of tidal wave that was washed out of the crater.

I'm guessing whatever hit it came in relatively slowly so it was all a mud bath splash rather than lots of vaporization.

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German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman

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Re: Releasing Grey Squirrels

I caught one in my chicken house. Little fucker went apeshit and jumped off my face a couple of times so I let it escape. Sharp claws on the little bastard too.

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What makes our planet's clouds? Tiny INVISIBLE CREATURES. True story

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Re: Well, that's it then......

Errr wrong again. A recent study suggested that whales actually modify their environment too - by pooing at the surface. They bring nutrients up from the depths and fertilise the surface waters. When there were 2 million or so blue whales and god knows how many others fertilising the surface waters there must have been plankton blooms aplenty - and the fish to eat them. If we hadn't nearly wiped out the whales we would probably have an order of magnitude more fish to safely slap on our plates.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Yup Fermi could always bring things down to his level....

Sorry!

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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Re: Astroid with 90 million tons of platinum..

Free for the taking - until it ended up in speaker cable!

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: How does the barrier defend against heavy rains?

I think a listening too of an old Goon show might be in order!

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Re: Balanced article

Why worry about the machinery when it comes to terrists? Its probably the easiest thing to take out - I dont think terrorist were thought of when it was built but taking out just one of the gates at the right time would cause a huge amount of damage and be nigh on impossible to stop.

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Re: Dwarf planet?

Bigendian a bit sooner?

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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So this has just happened suddenly?

Or is the melting due a combination of existing geothermal heat and global warming.

If it is the former we could be fucked as the increasing geothermal heat melts all the ice and floods us anyway.

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

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Re: What does this mean for PV?

Michael - the worst case for the Maunder minimum was 0.5% reduction in energy reaching the earth's surface. That was assuming no volcanic effects etc so it may be closer to the 0.1% of a normal sunspots.

Hope the astronomy kit gets use - my kit makes clouds!

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Re: What does this mean for PV?

Er fuck all - the difference in radiation is fractions of a percent. The term minimum refers to the number of sunspots.

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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Re: White fibres stuck to its skin?

They're sea lice. The lice itself is a little bump on the skin and the two trailing fibres are strings of eggs and the end one hatches out a live baby louse.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Re: Swap the spam for corned beef

Should point out - always have some pre-cooked rice around for emergencies - if you are lucky it will have some bacillus cereus ( as opposed to frivolous) which can really make overeating and drinking part of an effective calorie controlled diet.

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Swap the spam for corned beef

and use the vinegar from pickled beetroot for the sushi. Add Branstons by the bucket load.

No need to cook so you only suffer serious knife wounds and not those lingering burns that stick to the sheets and ruin your sleep.

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What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

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Android Studio compilations may be CPU bound?

Not sure - Android Studio just seems to be incredibly slow. I've got 64Gflops of CPU and enough GPU to play Crisis and by the time AS is ready to talk to me I'm off down the pub.

I dont do a lot of development for android but when I do I use my phone plugged into the TV and AIDE on the phone itself.

As for PC sales - well I saw a reasonable 40" HD telly for <£200 the other day and stick a RPi2 on that and you've got something that will keep you're average desktop user happy. Amused the buggers in the telly shop when I tried it. A pi will fit nicely in 2 jacket pockets : PS + external NAS in one - HDMI lead and Pi in another and you've got a really nice device to BYOD.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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So presumably their domain name will have to be deleted from DNS servers

Fuckem!

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PC sales go OFF A CLIFF to under 300 million a year

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Re: WTF?

I often wonder if Gartner are involved in some form of pump and dump. Reading their 'reports' certainly shows a lot of dumps.

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FLYING PIG crash-lands in Utah: Rider survives, bacon saved

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Re: New form of lift

A relative of mine in the US has a condom shaped balloon. Alas it lives in the garage most of the time as it seems to piss off a lot of people over there and guns, lots and lots of guns....

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: Looks like one of my own pictures of Mars

I have a couple of late Victorian Astronomy books in with that very picture of Mars in!

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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The Pi will eat it for breakfast.

However if its relatively easy to mount this on to the pi then I can see the pair of them being a lot of fun. Cheapest way of adding bluetooth, accelerometry and compass to the pi I've seen.

Could use that word synergy here...

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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410,000 lines in the AMD register description header?

Wow! How many are #ifdef?

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Adam Smith was right about that invisible hand, you know

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The invisible hand of the market

is almost always just a little too late. Perhaps the S plane was named after Smith?

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Raspberry Pi

USB to guitar adaptor. A shit load of free software. Not sure if its Ardour3 on the Pi but if it is you can use Ardroid on your phone to start/stop it and not only do you have a whole variety of free effects you have a full blown recording studio too.

And if you havent got a phone its cheaper than the phone too!

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

Here's a scenario for you - really sunny windy day with lots of over-generation of electricity. A smart meter made by an engineer with a pic controller in it and an old phone so it only costs about £20 more than the original beast.

The electricity price drops to bugger all. Your home system recognises its gone cheap cost it can blue-tooth/wifi into it and see its nice and cheap. You can heat your hot water for near free and granny can fill up her storage heaters without worrying herself to death.

Your system also learns that it can be nice and cheap at night and can do a bit of thinking for itself and heat your water on cheap electricity rather than gas or whatever.

All perfectly possible now - which may explain why the companies are desperate to fit the old 'smart' meters that they effectively got the government to agree to by 'lobbying' cos they know you will never crawl under the stairs to stare at a shit LCD to see if its worth saving a couple of quid by turning the immersion on.

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Highly regulated?

I was working at BT Martlesham Heath during privatisation. The place was swamped with accountants and managers without a clue. Budgets were tightened till the pips popped off. The bureaucracy got to the point were every £5 spent on hardware had £100 spent on pen-pushers checking it was done to the continuously changing rules. Research ground to a halt. BT had the capability in 1991 of making 2.4Gbit fibre components for around £30 for a 10km run that were shelved 'because we dont do research'. I didnt see anything close to that for nearly 10 years when BT was charging customers £60K for huge empty boxes to do a similar task,

Adastral Park as it now called doesnt seem to do any research (CMIIR) but from my point of view, sitting here on 1.6Mb 10km from the exchange waiting perhaps another 5 years for fibre that 25 years ago would have cost BT (no outretch then) less than they spend every couple of months fixing my rotting copper line I can see the shareholders may well have thought they did well out of it but they really were badly ripped off - as were the customers.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Re: And the problem is?

One part of the problem would be that the cost of managing the sale of crap cutlery to the staff and the discussion of same in meetings would far exceed the cost of giving the cutlery away for free.

Crapita are so used to charging their customers for badly miss-micro-managing their work they've now started to eat their own shit.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Excellent article

Prejudice and ignorance are really easy to deal with - Double Blind tests. No fucker can tell the difference - you dont even get the placebo effect that might come with homoeopathy. Its all marketing woo.

Work out the Doppler effect from the warm air rising from your body while sitting on the sofa and then follow the link to buy some of my special 'air stop' foam at £200 a cubic meter, or alternatively my £10,000 room conditioning tape which you string across the room to prevent air flow.

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The wonderful madness of metrics: Different things to different folk

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Re: Transit vans

Ironically a fully loaded transit van is actually smaller than an unladen one - assuming the suspension is still intact.

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Get your WELLIES to MARS: Red Planet reveals its FROZEN BOTTOM

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Wet for 1.5Billion years

As for debris flows there is still the question of dry-lahars to be seriously looked into. Mars (with no ocean or liquid core) rings like a bell when hit by space rocks and as most of the surface is very dry dry lahars move with great ease - and cutting power.

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Flushed with success: No bog standard Canadian goldfish these

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Not flushing goldfish - just need to change the water and the eggs will survive.

NT - no tench.

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Killer ChAraCter HOSES almost all versions of Reader, Windows

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Baffled

as to why the Linux kernel would even be bothered with fonts - given that the kernel gives no fucks about graphics at all.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Mips???

You'll find most instructions take at least 3 cycles or more so 0.02 Mips is a bit of a sales figure.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: Burn them....

with methane hydrate to cover all options.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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The only fair remuneration for the music industry

is its complete destruction.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Nasi goreng pattaya

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Need a drool proogf keyboard.

To avoid complete kitchen destruction while passing out pissed with the cooker on all of this can be prepared beforehand for quick heat on returning from hostelry.

We keep chickens and ducks and sometime we get a lot of eggs hanging about and have found that making omelettes and freezing them is a remarkably good thing to do! Stack them with grease proof paper and you can just pull out as many as you need and have them micro-waved before the frying pan is even warmed.

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MOUNTAIN of unsold retail PCs piling up in Blighty: Situation 'serious'

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Need a new PC?

RPi and a new monitor, os, keyboard and mouse and wifi and backup drive all for less than £200 gives you a very satisfactory PC.

You can kit a child out with their own RPi pc plugged into a telly for £50 or a gamer often just requires a new graphics card in an old PC.

But most people seem quite happy sitting there with their tablet. Someone is going to have to go to a lot of effort to make someone buy a PC these days.

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Mr Cameron

As you have not objected to the plans I set out in my e-mail of today-3months I will expect you to vacate the office immediately.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: It does seem as if its a bit of a hole @Peter

There was a third transmission received - it does look like access is a bit more restricted than one would want. Rosetta's orbit is being moved to see it they can improve things. I have my fingers crossed but not too tightly.

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It does seem as if its a bit of a hole

as the comms seem to be the problems not the power.

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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

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They were vegetarians not vegans.

And in reality they will have eaten a huge amount of insect life. My sheep probably eat more non-vegetable matter than I do!

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US mega-hack: White House orders govt IT to do what it should have done in the first place

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Well at least Hillary is safe.

NT

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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Re: That's not the point

@ Trevor_Pott Thas how revolutions used to start - ooh look topless girl on a mountain!

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: 20mtr up.

And 20mtr horizontally in a huge number of cases.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Re: Speaking as a Scientist...

"No, Linux machines have build processes that require root elevation without justification."

Until you make a reasonable request to IT for permission to do what you need to do and then you will be given permission to do that (not as su) and accept the responsibility that goes with that.

The sensible thing is to stop anything happening until you are sure it should. MS could learn from that.

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