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* Posts by Danny 14

2191 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

HP is giving away FREE* STORAGE to lucky server customers

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Re: Small

indeed, if you are enticed by 1TB and free is all you are willing to pay then install openfiler and run iscsi instead.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Are you really, really sure you want to meddle with the US Army?

or space cadets.

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

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correct. Effectively the company defaults on the bond by nature of it being in administration.

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Re: "making space for something more useful"

I wouldn't know what shops are in town any more. I go to Carlisle once every 2 weeks with the kids to the library. I park on the 1 hour parking then leave pretty quickly. Last time we looked around town it was grim; costa, starbucks, phone shops, fake fronts and charity shops. Even the tat bazaars had closed down (although the *3x* game shops were still there). Since the council are now proposing to remove all free parking then it will be pretty much the same price to *BUY* books from ebay than park in town and use the library.

Back to phone shops there was a three store, O2, (old T-Mobile EE), (old vodaphone) EE, CPW, P4U, Apple and two independents that also repaired/unlocked phones (and sold phone tat).

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: well

oh yeah a joke, 'cause dyslexics all love having the piss taken out of them. We have an apprentice who is on the autism spectrum, he is brilliant at code debugging and spotting patterns. Problem is, once you give him a task he *must* solve it, that's his downfall and he knows it. His brain works much faster than all of us in the office when it comes to problem solving though so he is perfectly suited to debugging though re-tasking him is an issue.

Stands to reason to use specialists minds for specialist tasks.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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and there aren't many phones for you with (native) Linux on them anyway.

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"a company that arrogant was destined to fail."

Not really, they only failed because their supplier cut them off at the knees so they couldn't sell any more. They were doing a GREAT job at selling which is probably why the suppliers think they can do better on their own.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: You missed a bit

then a subsidiary company buys the bits, changes them enough to avoid the sanctions and resells to parent company. That's what arms exporters were doing for years.

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Re: More like

Unlikely, it is more a warning shot. It works both ways, Russia had some dependence on USA to keep its space programme going, afterall, if spaceX can move cargo cheaply then come satellite launches then private companies will go for the cheaper option squeezing Russia even more.

They have already had to sign an exclusive gas deal with China - something they will have done under duress and for a lower than they expected sum I imagine. Once they start to lose other businesses then it wont look good for an already failing economy in Russia.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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Re: Great Scott!

nothing like using AltaVista search engine in a console window on windows 3.11. Used primarily to search for MUDs of course.

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Beware geeks bearing gifts: Steam-draining nasty spreads via Twitch

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Re: Linux Steam

that's what PermitRootLogin yes is for isn't it :D

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

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Re: The Humanoid

He was in happy Gilmore too as the guy with a nail in his head.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

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our LG washing machine is solid. The motor is brushless and a direct drive, only thing to go wrong on it was a position sensor on the drum. £10 from ebay (bought a couple as if it has died once, might die again...). I think it had a 5 year warranty when I bought it (about 10 years ago). Unless you buy a really cheap washing machine they are all fairly solid these days.

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Re: They should sack everyone involved immediately...

Did they get locked up for advocating separating colours from the whites?

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

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Re: Battery life

or hotspotting for your tablet.

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Re: Battery life

I didn't see wireless charging built in though. Would have made sense for a watch to have wireless charging. Not sure on the range of wireless charging either but if you could get a few inches then a wireless mat at a desk might be good too.

Seems like you could use a watch for your phone and a tablet for other duties if you so wished.

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Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

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Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?

The work ones are stored in an encrypted 7z file. Not the most technical solution in the world but it is portable and backed up. The password is a strung together sequence of things only I would know. For example, you could use a group of 5 telephone numbers (with a place name or something) and that is a hell of a password to try and brute force. "mywife36leftmeforablackman27ondecember25thintheyearofourlord2006" even with dictionary is quite a monster to brute force.

You can even email the 7z if you like - to multiple accounts. Saves relying on a service hosted "somewhere" that could die at any time.

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Awesome drives..

I bought a pair of non-pro 840's and haven't looked back since. Very quick drives. That being said I also had an OCZ vertex 3 which was RMA'd twice (panic lock both times). It has been relegated to the laptop.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: I wonder...

Andrews and Arnold are 6 months, not too eye gouging on prices either. I recommend them to people wanting shorter terms but a decent connection.

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Re: Married or Sharing? Just tell them you are moving overseas.

the only thing we do this for is car insurance. That is just to keep both our no claims up though (in reality). As long as we declare the "main" driver then it isn't fronting. If we didn't need gas for hot water production then I could see this being a good idea too.

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Re: BT Retail used to be masters at this

or say to them "give me discount or I go to sky", sky then give cheaper line rental than BT on the same BT line.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Re: If only they supported Windows 8 phone/RT I'd not care.

If you have the money to blow on a sonos system then you should have the money to blow on an ipad mini.

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BMW i8 plug-in hybrid: It's a supercar, Jim, but not as we know it

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Re: Re. 49gm/km

well if you want to cherry pick then ariel atom would be a weapon of choice. You could buy that and 5 series to tow it for 95k.

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Re: supercar?

4WD Nissan GTR can be had for not much more than 50k. Had a go in one on a track day pressie once (along with an R8 and lambo) the GTR was easily the scariest of them all, seriously pins you in your seat when you floor it. The R8 has similar specs to this and was pretty underwhelming.

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Re: "(the prius) would have struggled to keep the MPG in the 30s "

It was a review car. I suspect the pedal was fully to the floor for most of the rides (regardless of gear). I very much doubt your SL350 would perform as well given to the same reviewer.

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Re: Please compare to Tesla?

compare it to a tesla? Sure. The tesla looks shitter, wont take you round a holiday without spending the day charging, cant realistically hoon it about as you'll drain the battery in no time but at least it costs less so you can buy a focus to drive between cities.

I'd love one of these.

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

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Re: But why?

indeed, the current thinking is probably along the lines of a small hybrid plant to get it through emissions testing knowing full well it wont be used as much. Add another 10k on the top and the market being aimed at will still pay.

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Re: Since the Tesla S P85

Bu therein lies the rub. How do you get from Cumbria to Birmingham and back in the same day? There aren't that many luxury cars that combine city electric and fossil range. As soon as more domestic grade cars combines a small engine for range and charging with a small battery hybrid then it will take off more. Prius works well but I found to be pretty shit to drive (wallowy and far too cheap inside), the newer focus and mondeos are pretty reasonable to drive IMHO and would be great to hybridise.

That being said, if you charge 5k more for the same model then until resale you'll not make up that 5k on a hybrid. With start/stop engines you can make a fair saving too.

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25% for my current 2.5 Ford SMax. Unless you are private with a good practice dentists don't earn that much. There have been a few adverts up here in Cumbria for about 40k.

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Re: Hmmm

But the overlander wont go like stink if you floor it. This is a decent grand tourer with a "trundle in city traffic" electric motor. Cruise on the motorway on dead dinosaurs then switch to electric for the last bit of city commute. Switch back to dead dinosaurs on the way home to charge up.

This is the car concept that would work for my particular driving pattern and i'd be happy to use this sort of hybrid. Just not in a prius or wallet busting Porsche.

I seem to remember Renault having a petrol/diesel FWD with electric RWD prototype, that would be a good idea too.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Storage cost

network speed has increased just not at the cat6 consumer end.

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Re: Reg unit?

nah, he has poor internet so only gets DVD5s

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why do you need 10gb? I run a small business with a two host cluster. I use HBA SAS as an interlink for my CSV. Much cheaper than 10GB and since I only have 2 hosts then I can still have failover. In time I can add other cards so that I can add other hosts, still it is far cheaper than a 10gb solution.

Old servers with buckets of bays are great for openfiler too (or readynas etc).

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stop making sense?

Empire strikes back was the best of the lot IMHO.

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I didn't see the original star wars in the cinema but I did see empire strikes back first time around and that was simply epic.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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or out of copyright media. Or game updates. Or multitude of other legal torrent stuff.

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NEW Raspberry Pi B+, NOW with - count them - FOUR USB ports

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forgot to add. If you need a lot more power then look at an itx board. With an external PSU they are still quite small. My PI replaced an already small AMD e350 that I had shoehorned into an old hollowed out DVD player case (wife friendly looking) but it still needed a 120mm fan (quiet) to keep some sort of airflow so did make "some" noise. The PI is silent (and naked, it is just shoved behind the tv cabinet! only an IR "eye" pokes out of the side of the cabinet)

Next job is to fashion an IR power on function on the PI GPIO as the old e350 had a CIR socket that let me do that from "suspend". Cant say I have ever had an issue with the USB, granted im only using it as a media centre so I probably wouldn't notice the odd frame oddity.

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Re: Cost

Or to put it another way. £26 for a pi, get an 4gb uSD card (2gb might be enough, cant remember) from back of the sofa or ebay for £2, a cheap psu that can supply 5v for £2 on ebay, download openelec and you have a fully functional media centre that can have internet radio, youtube, iplayer, streaming.... all for £30

Seriously I spend more than that at our local takeaway per month.

It is small enough that you can glue it to the inside of your TV if you so require. Have your TV power it from a usb/relay/voodoo séance and it is wife friendly. Openelec works with cheapy windows remotes+usb IR so what more do you want?

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usb Ethernet adapter? Now the PI has 4 USB ports then you can have a few usb devices.

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Re: hmm

don't get me wrong, i'm not complaining, just saying. 4x USB is a great improvement in itself.

something else has changed on the board though as I thought the hub only had 4 USB. I thought the SD card took a USB slot up along with the 2x USB already there and the Ethernet had the last one.

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Re: Cost

Just an alternative for people. Need more USB and don't care about a standard composite out? get the B+ Don't use >2 USB and have only full size SD cards? Get the model B. Both are the same price.

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to be fair, £26 is nowhere near £50 though. The hummingboard might suit your needs, there is a 1gb/2 core or 2gb/4 core version allegedly shipping soon. Banana Pi is a dual core/1gb board that can be bought for under £50 too so there are options for you if you need a small Linux computer with some more oompf.

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Re: Composite Output

old Samsung omnias did too. I used an old camcorder lead that had a 4 pole socket - that worked well enough.

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Re: hmm

yeah, its a shame. I also run an openelec and would have loved just a tiny bit more oompf.

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

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Re: It's all very wonderful

Portsmouth to Bilbao overnight ferry is pleasant enough. Price was on par if you factor in all the extras such as airport parking, luggage, hire car etc. Plus it meant no weight limits on your luggage.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: I have your missing bits...

better to use a cheap cordless drill with a hex bit, saves your index finger bruises (on bigger builds). Cheap drills wont strip the heads either (or I suppose an expensive one with proper torque controls, my £6 BandQ one does the job nicely, it hasn't the power to overtorque)

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Re: Better than FYRKANTIG Close

where aisle 12 is not next to aisle 11 or 13 but for some obscure reason is in a different building.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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nothing to see here, move along

I'm sure the beak would call that contempt if you or me tried it.

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...

standard interview scenario for our last technician post. "teacher has no sound, sound was working for them last lesson".

You get all sorts of remedies ranging from reinstalling drivers, checking cable continuity, swapping donor sound card. The person who got the job started that scenario question with "check the speakers are plugged in to the socket, powered on and plugged into the PC". The rest of his answers were along the same lines as someone who has dealt with people who consider PCs a nuisance to their way of working.

Invariably "email isn't working" could be anything from "forgotton password so I cant log in" to their monitor is on fire. Internet is down can generally be an obscure blog page that they happened to have as their home page (he was a bee keeper) that is now taken offline.

Users eh?

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: My frustration with 8.1 and opinion on such matters of why upgrade

Ironically we had some keyboards (Yamaha) that worked in windows 2000, wouldn't work in XP or vista but *DID* work in windows 7 out of the box! That really shocked us (and made our Sibelius teacher very happy).

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