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* Posts by Tom 7

2815 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

LIVE, my beauty, LIVE! Nokia revives dead phone with LIGHTNING powered Frankencharger

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TTtzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzener diode?

NT (No Terminal)

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TUPPERWARE FOUND ON MOON of Saturn

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Is that the old tupperware boxes

that peeled after a while, or the new ones that crack after a few uses?

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The LSD trick cyclist, the 1980s pop-star and video games to REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN

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Re: re. persian rugs

check the persian rugs salespersons organisations website.

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Re: Computer games & drugs? Seriously?

When I grow up I want to be immature! SPSPSPSPPPRRRRRT!

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Open source desktop lowers TCO by 40%

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Open source desktop lowers TCO by 40%

link

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Congrats on MP3ing your music... but WHY bother? Time for my ripping yarn

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All I can say is putting ones collection on the computer

means the shellac copies last a lot longer.

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Thorium and inefficient solar power? That's good enough for me

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Re: Solar must be reaching some level of profitability

Re the 15 years - that from a quote I had for installation of 6KW of panels on my own house earlier this year that would be piped directly into the already existing mains connection. A lot of house improvements - extra insulation, redoing the rendering and knocking holes in the walls to let cold air in to my wood fires for safety reasons included. I havent included the cost of the extra heating that I would have had to have to cover the fact that if the air holes that have to be close to the fires would have led to me being able to have a windmill inside the house as well. But thats what the regs I would have had to agree to get the tarifs!

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Re: Solar must be reaching some level of profitability

In the early 1980's polysilicon solar panels took about 15 years to pay for themselves.

At the same time 5000 transistors on a chip cost $100.

Now we can get 200,000,000,000 transistors on a chip for <$20.

Solar panels are a lot more efficient and electricity 4 or 5 times the price in real terms and solar panels will pay for themselves in ... 15 years.

A 1kw wind generator will cost £400, rectification extra, A 1kw generator for you car will cost £50 including rectification. Crack open a modern grid connected inverter and you will see a mass of components handwired by expensive German labour where there should be a couple of solid state modules - and an unnecessary transformer. Modern wind power may have started in the UK in the twelfth century but it is by no means mature. Mass production of current designs should produce electricity at <5p a unit and 85% efficient hydrogen generation/storage has been possible since the early 90s.

I'm not against thorium power - I studied nukes at big school and its a much better option and actually stands a chance of generating cheap safe(ish) but until the current incumbents in the industry can no longer obtain money for old rope and taxpayers money to subsidise their bonuses and their scare-mongering and lobbying.

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Bill Gates: Yes, Ctrl-Alt-Del salute was a MISTAKE

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Re: "Oops. Did hitting that mess something up for you?"

would have been really very, very dangerous ???? You mean like that key that you hit and it ignores everything else until it goes to sleep - ten seconds after you hit the power switch so when you power up again whatever was running needs a re-install.

A Windows keyboard - smells less than pouring your beer into the fan but not as nice.

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Google's boffins branded 'unacceptably ineffective' at tackling web piracy

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Re: Ask one back

I've scanned in banknotes before - maybe its just the (more expensive?) copiers that are the problem.

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Is this the silicon chip KILLER? Boffins boot up carbon-nanotube CPU

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A way to go yet

In the late 1980's I had access to a 2.4Ghz (bipolar) process and, having found a design for a 600 transistor (fet) 16 bit CPU modified it and did some simulations of how it would perform - about 30X faster than a 20Mhz 386 that was available at the time.

I never made one cos there wasn't any suitable ram available! And I would've been shot!

If they ever get to mass produce carbon nanotube cpu's they may be of use but I have a feeling that we would be using things on a graphene level with maybe nanotube connections which might give more than an order of magnitude improvement over silicon which will be needed to make the AFM* investment worth while ...financially.

*Absolutely Fucking Massive

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There's ONE country that really likes the iPhone 5c as well as the 5s

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More than 3 days data?

But the hysteria will be over by then and new shiny attracting moths attentions.

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iOS 7 SPANKS Samsung's Android in user-experience rating

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Re: Fewer buttons

There is a painting yourself into a corner thing with interfaces - in trying to make something complicated 'simple' the complicated bit merely gets more complicated when you get to it. Eventually you get to the point where the user is so dumbed down that they think they are an expert because they've explored all the possibilities of their Rubik cube when all they have done is roll a dice.

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HTC staring down the barrel of a US sales ban after Nokia's patent coup

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Re: Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent

in the 1940's they had substance.

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Re: Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent

Have a look at the 'spurious' patent. All those circuits were available in valve format.

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Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent

a first year electronic project!

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RADIATION SNATCHED from leaky microwave ovens to power gadgets

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235 years

is about how long it would take to recoup the energy needed to make the equipment to capture all this free power!

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Freeview transmission borked in SW

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Freeview transmission borked in SW

Seem to be a lot of problems with freeview in the SW and elsewhere - any idea who one complains too?

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Hardbitten NYC cops: Sir, I'm gonna need you to, er, upgrade to iOS 7

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Re: Absolutely Ridiculous

Give me your phone!

Oh its an iPhone have it back?

Muggings stopped ...0.

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Great Britain rebuilt - in Minecraft: Intern reveals 22-BEEELLION block map

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Let the invasion begin!

Are there other formats this can easily be converted to?

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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Re: Oh Freddy Hoyle yuh Maverick, where are yuh now?

I have the very telescope he started his astronomical career on here. Family history of him suggests he was a bit ...

I dont think B2FH is in any way regarded as a crank paper. Maybe they should have got awards for it - but many other great discoveries out there miss out too.

While B2FH is good work the panspermia theory just does not make statistical sense.

If the earth is too small for amino acids to form then they must have either formed on a larger body - this would require larger impacts to eject them into space ( with much less chance of surviving the impact) or they formed in the gasses of outer space. Now amino acids do seem to form in outer space but if you look at the statistical probability of that happening and compare that to the reaction rate of the closely packed chemicals on earth then earth seems like a much more probable site of origin - astronomically so.

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Pamspermia

is that where you do a solo mile high club?

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Re: Journal of Cosmology?

Having a paper published in the Journal of Cosmology means it definitely isn't science.

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Want FREE BEER for the rest of your life?

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A freind of mine had that problem

and, as someone who thinks the weekly unit count is a daily target, I would not like to have that - he was not well and being pissed all the time takes the fun out of it.

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Boffins debate killing leap seconds to help sysadmins

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How about defining a new time zone just for

antediluvian sysops?

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Deep inside the iPhone 5s lurk a few surprises

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Re: Battery life

80% left...

Or is that what the screen is lying to you?

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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@AC 14:19

Fucking good friends, fucking good homebrew, fucking shit world- but the village is nice which is why the townies all want to live here!

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Microsoft: Surface a failure? No, it made us STRONGER

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Re: What doesn't kill you.....

My ex-rugby playing paraplegic mate seems to think this phrase is a bit shit.

MS are getting a bit Black Night.

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Boffins: Earth will be habitable for only 1.75 BEEELLION more years

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"comfortable digs on Hotel Earth"???

you have noticed Ryan Air took over the management a while back and its been getting a little shitty lately.

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Mach 8 Scramjet flies but sends no data

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How can you expect to make a scramjet

with the NSA fiddling with your simulations?

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

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Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

Enabling by disabling!

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payload would vapourise???

Wouldn't it normally then?

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I still think a rail/supergun in the Andes is the best bet

for launching non human things into orbit.

They'd have to be stuck on a scramjet/rocket stack to do the last bit but the first bit can be quite low tech and so cheap.

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Stylus counsel: The rise and fall of the Apple Newton MessagePad

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It just didnt quite fit in your pocket

A friend had one (second hand a few years old) and it seemed to do most things he wanted and he was happy with it but it lived in his briefcase.

I still think anyone who can put 4 cores and a larger screen* into a Psion5 clamshell is onto a winner.

* a modern two part screen should be possible one slides out from behind the other as needed.

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Australia ponders 160,000-seat ERP possibilities

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Re: Demystifying consultant-speak

No - did you see the budgets? SAP would be two orders of magnitude higher.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: punch card?

The thing about a punch card system it the worker has the data immediately available at their fingertips for checking. I've been questioned about my presence in a server room when I was on holiday with my access card - I would have been fired otherwise.

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Re: 300 to strike but only 103 voted

By the standards of a UK government that's a landslide.

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Try getting back to work yourself Oli 1

or are you a government paid shill?

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Paypal not sure if its bargepole is long enough for crowdfunding

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Damn! That buggered up my plan for a

crowd-sourced alternative to paypal!

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Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Faeces recognition next?

No shit!

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Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

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An old effect in a new material.

Having cut my teeth on chip design assisting with a silicon chip that functioned perfectly until you put a lid on it and shut the light out I dont think this is new - just in a different material. Its interesting science but I cant see a use for it that is not already available and probably cheaper.

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Put down the (cod)piece and step away: Artist cuffed after sculpture cockup

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I'd be careful with that

it might go off in your hand!

And it adds a new meaning to 'shake down'.

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Jury reckons Motorola wasn't 'fair and reasonable' to Microsoft

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Well break out the popcorn - turns out the jury forman is MS subsidised

http://www.washington.edu/alumni/columns/sept96/king4.html

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US military: 'Help us build the ROBO-WARFIGHTER OF THE FUTURE'

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Re: More stupid, probably flawed, warfare gadgets

When will the fuckwits get it into their heads that having a military advantage over someone makes them feel threatened. You may think that by having an advantage makes you safer but it doesn't - it just makes you the target. If the US were to actually get close to being able to truly defend itself against all attacks the world would have to attack it because we know it would attack us at some time and we would have to get our retaliation in first or not at all.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Pre 1986?

So they could have a Leo and do most of the things that companies with hundreds of modern PC's a million times more powerful contract out to others!

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Sony unveils Tap 11, the world's SLIMMEST tablet PC (for now)

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Re: Why So Thin?

It so thin so they can sell you something to raise it off the desk to help avoid RSI.

Or maybe they have an RSI treatment patent.

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UK investor throws £14.8m at firm that makes UNFORGEABLE 2-cent labels

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Re: Readers at $2 ??

I'm not sure even a drunk jury would find 'could be' legally binding.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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The only improved coverage this will encourage

is finer and smoother foundation from some mockboratory somewhere for the orange people.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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The headmaster reminds me of the customs prat

in one of Milligans books who tries to get some revenue off a Scot for bringing a bottle of whisky back from the war. To avoid having to pay the man shares it about and drinks the rest. The customs prat calls the MP's over to arrest him. 'Why?' 'He's drunk' 'No he's not' <apoplexy> 'He will be! He will be!' </apoplexy>

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Re: Anarchist?

course he does adverts for butter - he's trying to get the gullible sheep to all have coronaries prior to the anarchist uprising.

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