* Posts by Tom 7

3209 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: White pylon

You have seen that the people who may possibly make the new plant at Hinkley are currently 3 times over budget on their current french plant and the pressure vessel is just a tad leaky. It was made the same way as the one they've already made for Hinkley apparently....

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-nuclear-strategy-faces-meltdown-as-faults-are-found-in-identical-french-project-10186163.html

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re burying

Its a lot more expensive - and there is always the visual and logistical impact of the burying whilst its ongoing - you can pop a set of wires over a road overnight - a tunnel would be a couple of weeks of chaos.

It may be the best option in the long run as at the moment a dozen blokes with angle grinders could reduce the national grid to the point of being unable to recover from.

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JetBrains releases CLion - new cross-platform IDE for C/C++ users

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Re: Why "Data Networking"?

Doh!

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

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Re: Can't wait for...

I think its more likely that the bit of film of you beating PC plods boots with your groin is in there somewhere but due to an indexing problem you have to find to 3 minutes in 720,000 hours of video.

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Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

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Re: What about heat reuse

Most stuff wont get hot enough to boil water. A well designed liquid cooling system that uses pure convection could be used to recover some energy but it would probably not be worthwhile.

Heat pumps might be an idea. But even 40C water could be fed into solar panels for a boost for water and space heating purposes - I'd love a data centre next to me so I could use the heat in winter for my pollytunnels.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: If bitcoin is your answer ...

I've just had a check in ours (snack time!!) and nearly 40% of the items in it are our leftovers and we've just got back from holiday 5 days ago so I'd bet its normally higher than that.

I dont think I will be internettingofthings my leftovers and I'm guessing thats half of what I get from the fridge.

Anyway food poisoning is the only way for some people to loose weight.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Re: Or to summarize...

Only an idiot would go to the richest computer company in the world and expect their hardware and software to do even a small amount of what it said on the tin.

If you went to Rolls Royce for a car you'd expect a decent vehicle with some security - California got some electric bikes with 2 tumbler combination locks and are rightly upset about it. My daughters school has bought into this shit and it really is a fucking disaster.

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Re: Inventory management: We've heard of it...

When I was at school we got textbooks and tended to hand them in at the end of the year but ISTR there was some form of payment involved somewhere. Still have a copy of my Teachers version of the O'level maths course which I use to scare sixth formers (and their teachers) when arguments about grade inflation come up...

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Re: "there have been challenges"

Challenge #5 expecting apple to play nice

Challenge #6 expecting apple software to actually work the way they said it would or providing some support when it doesnt

My daughters school has issued all the pupils with iPads - she sensibly wont let me play with hers but I get the impression that most useful stuff is done through the school web pages where her 1/6th the price tablet does a better job.

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Google's new scribble-tab-ulous handwriting interface for Android

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Re: Local Processing @james 51

You have a touch sensitive mirror!

But seriously it aint no different - so long as you always write that way. If your ambidextrous then who is holding the bloody tablet?

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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All languages are shit

however a good background in what might be termed software development techniques turns almost all of them into very useful tools.

Unless someone in the management process has been trained in software destruction techniques or MBA as it is generally known. Even I cant write good code in those situations - I never mastered the BOFH part of the course.

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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Re: He was very fond

Its was thought Randolph Hearst may have tried to kill Chaplin but killed Ince by accident on the yacht.

As for girls - he hasn't been associated with anyone younger than the legal age in the UK

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

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Spent several hours with my face in a calcomp pen plotter once

when it ate my tie - had to wait until security came wandering around the building for the fourth time and looked in at the window! Fortunately the off button was just within reach or I would have had a tattoo of a microchip on what would have been left of me. Amazingly over-engineered bit of kit.

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LOOK OUT, Brits – is that a Facebook LASER-GUN drone above us?

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Re M0usepad

Lots of solar cells no clouds!!! And if there's enough air to provide lift there's enough air for propellers to provide the thrust.

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Want a full-blown IDE for Node.js? You'll need a Windows machine...

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Why not an IDE written in Node.js

Orion is OK for writing javascript. We have all the bits to make a decent IDE using just a browser and a small backend API to manage files and security on the server but everyone gets the mission creep in first.

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Google throws a 180 on its plans for Dart language

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Re: Kind of too late now

Oh you mean all those features that were available in JS2 in, what 2002, but for some reason were not allowed into ECMA script?

Nothing to do with the writers of Actionscript and Typescript being in the standards group for ECMA???

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BT slams ‘ludicrous’ Openreach report as Vodafone smirks

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Re: Where did the rural internet money go?

My exchange got upgraded to FTTC recently. My cabinet was a mile or so away. Its now 6 miles away back at the exchange...

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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Re: "before those persistent helium molecules find a way through"

Helium molecules are actually atoms. They are the smallest thing floating around out there. They ooze out through thin layers with relative ease. I'd imagine the pores in metal are pretty good at stopping it though.

Why the hell we waste He in weather balloons is beyond me - having spent time deliberately filling things with H2 and setting them off its bloody hard to hurt yourself doing it. Well unless you get some 02 and mix that in as well. That makes your ears ring for days!

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Apple takes ACID-compliant NoSQL upstart FoundationDB

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Not had much of a chance to play with NoSQL in a war zone

but doesnt making it acid compliant basically make it SQL?

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

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Re: next up - hosted AirCons

A good thing to do in when its hot in summer is to light a fire in the late evenings - if you just heat the chimney it sucks in the cold night air in and cools the house down. Excess heat from the server smallholding could be used in a similar way.

Alas it tends not to work where lots of neighbours have aircons raising the ambient by 15C like most big cities!

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Imagination touts cheap Firefox OS MIPS slab to Chinese kitmakers

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Re: MeToo

Not really a tablet fan but playing with the Pi most of the intel ecosystem from linux 'make's it over to the arm really easily for someone with some computing experience.

Having said that it cant be long before 64 bit multi core arm jobies will be hitting the counters for people who want to... errr ... watch 4K videos at twice normal speed?

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3,500 servers go down – so my FIRST AID training kicks in

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Its worth mentioning the party scene stuff to youngsters.

Having spent a summer working nights I can attest the power of night shift tolerance on party party party self destruction.

Sunday nights were a bit twitchy it was a fantastic summer!

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Re: Sounds like 'fun'

A lot of disks that have been running continuously for ages will refuse to start up after a halt. I have spent many happy hours going along sliding disks out while still connected to the power and giving them a rapid rock backwards and forwards in the direction of spin to get them going again.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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Re: What?

Real scottish accents are - but the film industries best are found on Scooby Doo and are normally voiced by US citizens who think scortlend is part of NJ.

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Rosetta SNIFFS molecular nitrogen on Comet 67P

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Does that mean we have to rename it

to 63K?

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Fanbois: We paid $2000 for full satisfaction but now we have SPREADING STAINS

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Your looking at it wrong.

NT too busy laughing.

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Anyone got change for a Zonk?

Nice to see the thistle getting prominence.

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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Re: He missed the main problem...

The glasshole operator didnt help but the main problem is being aware you might be being filmed - most people aren't vain enough to want it and most people find it uncomfortable - and will continue to do so.

Humans interactions have evolved over eons and knowing you are being filmed changes the whole thing out of all proportion.

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Re: Oh myyyyy....

Seems to be sheep not monkeys - according a mate of mine who kebabbed one in the peak district at 120. He still insist it was the sheeps fault!

Always seems to come a a surprise to motorcyclists that there are other things on the road. Its a shame as when I was a kid you could ride round the country lanes for a whole tank full of petrol and not see a soul. Well a few sheep - but I couldn't do a ton on the cub!

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Not dangerous, Actually need *less* restriction and less paranoia

Planes can go very fast and helicopters have open blades - almost all drones propellers are in cowlings and the thing doesnt move anywhere near as fast as even a toy glider.

I'm not saying they're not potentially dangerous but they are more of a choking hazard.

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Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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Gibber... Twitch...

WTFF!!!!!!

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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Re: two fridges

I thought the idea of 'connected' fridges was they could let you know when your four* litres of milk was running out or going off so you could get a fresh one.

* this is the milk that now costs £10 as it has to have electronics attached to it to be of any use at all and the people who program these devices will have to be imported from India to do it manually.

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Our Endless Numbered Days, Junk DNA and Exotic England

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Re: Poorly explained

You have assumed the Reg journo

a) actually read it

b) has a clue about what the book is about.

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Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

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Math.Pow

is that the stuff the goth off NCIS drinks?

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Pathetic PC sales just cost us a BILLION dollars, cries Intel

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For my own amusement I got a Pi2

and with a 21" monitor, keyboard,mouse and wireless I've got a PC that is easily good enough for 90% of office users for barely £130.

Not sure how much it would be to put windows on it but everyone I know seems happy with the Linux offerings of office etc.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: I never met him personally...

I must confess that having mocked Diana's funeral hysterics I can see where it comes from.

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Augmented reality: Who needs immersive worlds when you've got it all?

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No. Just No!!!

Sitting here with temporary vision loss in one eye from a child playing a computer game without immersive headsets on so she could actually see me and still hit me!

Many years ago I used to find it amusing to listen to people singing along with walkmans on the tube. Now we have threats of violence. Fuck knows what's going to happen with the entitled trying them out on in crowded public spaces.

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Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS

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Re: What would be nice

And it would keep the bloody flies down!

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These chameleons ought to get a lawyer

before someone comes suing them for what they have been doing for millions of years!

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: None

They cant make you pay through the nose for a £2 connector if they dont have somewhere to connect it.

Actually maybe they can...

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Once you know the answer

you can program the quantum computer to get it faster than you did!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Cabralese

The cheese equivalent of habaneros would probably do well as an after pub fry up!

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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Re: It will tell me how much power an appliance is using...

They dont seem to be particularly smart meters - unless you call them smart because it was smart of the power industry to get them allowed.

To me a smart meter would actually tell me what the price is - not on a screen but let my home controller know so when there is a breeze blowing and the price has dropped I can work out whether to spend my money on electricity for heating (running the ground heat pump, topping up the hot water etc) but it seems I'd have to crawl under the stairs and have a look.

It is conceivable that there will be overproduction of renewable power in the next 30 years and I'd like to be able to use it but I cant see the energy companies wanting me to know when its available.

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Re: Gov and Capita again

Tax avoidance? I went for a job with them and was informed a large portion of my pay would be off-shore which is evasion if they're still doing it.

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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Reminds me of my first job

lots of old and not very productive in themselves old engineers but they really knew how to steer the young ones to the bait balls.

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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Re: After all this isn't MS Office that you are installing

Anyone checked the EULA lately?

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EU court: Mobe makers not liable for users' copyright badness

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Re: Eventially...

Memory (or do I mean arse) wipes.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Why would anyone want to come to the UK to do space launches?

because the proclaimers of free enterprise and low taxation will tax the proles to give you a subsidy and a number that works in an offshore bank.,

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Re:Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

And so we can have a space-port built for some completely out of date launch technology which is what will happen.

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Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: The problem with electric bicycles

I think you're missing the point of this - a lot of towns and cities have car free areas (or at least places you wouldn't park unless you are picking up your lottery winnings) so this means a delivery van can provide good service for relatively small items quite easily and effectively.This isn't a mode of transport - it seems like quite a sensible solution to a very common problem and returns the transit van to its original purpose as a delivery vehicle and not a collecting things quickly before their owner comes back vehicle.

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