* Posts by Danny 14

2381 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Microsoft's certification exams: So easy, a child of six could pass them. Literally

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Re: Nice

Well at our school we get office out of the way in 1st and 2nd form with everyone doing ECDL, we also do process control, animation, film making, modelling, Lego C as a programming language introduction (and MS basic too for a bit of VB). If the kids stay on into igcse then we hit databases (filemaker pro) with html, advanced ecdl if the student is strong enough alomg with robotics. A level ict is heavily structured around the student project so almost anything can go.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: Oversimplification

What would have happened if he was correct though? And he couldn't cancel the climb request? Or the avionics crashed? Hence the need to do this on the ground.

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Well, at speed; ducted fans can move an aircraft sideways when hoveringnplus helicopters can utilise ground effect.

As for Roberts, he'll get shafted. Air paranoia is high, see what happens when you mention 'bomb' regardless of context. If people get wind of daily mail headlines of 'ipad hacks plabe to remote control engines' then we will be back to reading paperbacks again.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Ireland / Éire

Fisheries would blossom without the EU quots.

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Do the same as any other country. Enact immigration rules for roles. Whilst Switzerland relies of foreign labour, foreign labourers rely on Switzerland. Do you think a sudden exodus of labourers and a dearth of jobs will be fixed overnight? Of course not, a policy will be put in place and business will resume as normal.

But immigration will be hosted controlled rather than mandated.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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Re: Support your local farmer

Never heard of kiva. Just put a loan out now. Respect.

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Volkswagen Passat GT 2.0-litre TDI SCR 190 PS 6spd DSG

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I don't think people are down, it is as you say - too expensive, there are much better options. Plus they depreciate heavily so pointless buying one new.

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Re: "Very sensible"

I have a 3 year old 5 pot 2.5T mondeo, and I guarantee it is a much better car to drive. Cheaper too (doubt it is cheaper to run but it doesn't go through tyres as fast as the wifes heavier diesel so a couple of hundred extra on fuel is offset by the couple of hundred extra in tyres)

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The Apple Watch: THROBBING STRAP-ON with a knurled knob

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Re: "...simply called Watch..."

apple grease more palms though, Microsoft was pretty late to the palm greasing table, they relied on bullying instead.

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New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards

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Re: Just a thought...

Don't cross the streams.

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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

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Re: Cloud? @dogged

32gb is a bit tight for windows though. After office a serif suite our school image is 20gb (after patching, office sp2 add 2gb)

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Surprising the guard was doing its job..

I remember the first day in one job, the security was showing me about and one door he said was particularly stiff and needed a good shove. I scanned my card, it beeped and wouldnt open so I gave it a good push with my shoulder which summarily splintered the door handle mechanism and opened. I hadn't noticed the red light after the beep....

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Avengers: Age of Ultron – blisteringly big banter, brawls and brio

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Re: Seeing it tomorrow...

Our local independent in Annan turn a blind eye to BYO. As a result they get more bums on seats.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Re: I will consider

Yup similar with my sg2. 1gb ram might hamper this, my sg2 has 1gb and runs more than happily on kitkat but a flashed lollipop didnt fare too well (laggier) so I went back. Seems the requirement for android has crept up a fair bit.

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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10 muppets surely. Medium sized muppets, not the large ones mind.

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Credit card factories given new secure manufacturing rules

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Re: say again?

Sellafield have turnstiles that only operate in one direction (large ones that can admit wheelchairs). Most of the operation inside is basically "one way".

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

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Re: Well dang...

another note, if you have an 840 (not evo) then update the firmware and run diskfresh, that cured the slow reads for me. When all this furore hit I tested mine and was shocked by the 50Mbs read troughs. After a flash and a refresh things were back up to 300 and have stayed that way a few months later (no real troughs either).

I suppose that is all the evo fix does - flash the firmware and read/rewrite the data.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: is £150 really a bargain

for a second monitor or non gaming screen then I use a TV. Got a 32" one from Asda on black Friday (cant remember how much, was about £90). The panel is a lot better than I though it would be and is ideal for a streaming screen (and doubles as a second TV if I rotate the screen around - PC lives in the dining room).

Outside of sales there are lots of sub £140 24" Tvs about and not all of them no-name panels.

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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Re: Why is this still an issue?

some people are just good though. I used to run GTFO TF2 servers and we had plenty of hack reports on certain players, thing is, we also used to run LAN events and those players turned up - they really were that good. What was funnier was a time we got an admin call for someone who was at the LAN event....

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Re: "Fully streamed"

Or just have admins who ban the cheaters.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: Oh wow, John 172

don't you pay a subscription on consoles to multiplayer? How quaint.

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Re: Human nature

I can override air bags in my car. Putting a child seat in would injure the child if the airbag went off.

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Re: If you need to be seen, sidelights.

The well lit means being able to see 100m (rule 226)

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: The GOP has started already

I'm a fairly out of the box thinker. Ive even had my morning coffee and cheese on toast. I still don't understand the elephant and donkey thing.

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Re: Telling quote

exactly, "they" have store.com and most phones/tablets/brains have a .com button so they don't feel they need to pay silly money for store.food or store.clothes

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What horrors lurk in the future: Networks without sysadmins

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yup, everything will work as planned on paper

Because we all know IT kit works just how it should do. More to the point, it always works just how the salesman said it would.

/sarcasm off.

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Drug drone not high enough: Brit lags' copter snared on prison wire

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Re: these are the stupid ones...

yeah, they were using the drone as a diversionary tactic.

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Re: *shakes head*

or a dog patrol occasionally before outdoor rec time. That being said, it is probably the minimum wage guards who are picking up the contraband plus the roll of money attached to it.

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Re: Serial numbers?

DJI do :-) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30387107

"Michael Perry, a spokesman for DJI, says the company is discussing compulsory licensing with regulators. All its products have a serial number that can be traced, he says. But would a Chinese manufacturer like DJI co-operate on such a system with European governments? "We're an international firm. It does behove us to work together with industry regulators," he says."

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Re: Didn't this happen already?

"Didn't this happen already? "

Did you read to the end? They linked their own story.

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

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Re: 1000 out of 3500?

If the generator power doesn't switch then you are at the mercy of UPS priorities. Which ones can shutdown nicely and which ones wont. Which SANS will spin up again afterwards and which drives decide to stick. Nothing beats 1000 machines loading your switches (with that failing fan that was scheduled to be replaced in the next window) simultaneously to just overheat enough to cutout.

Then of course your nodes decide to run updates because they have just powercycled.

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Re: Crisis? What crisis?

I read a similar thing. Previous shift guy should have been sacked. I assume it was for comic effect as in a situation where you have just lost a third of your 10000 servers there would be a pull of staff from wherever to get it running quickly as you KNOW there will be a lot of nasty hitting customers affected.

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Re: Career in IT

the best work I had was in a failing company where everything was belt and braces. Nothing was thrown away, everything was repaired. Money was exceedingly tight, I gained lots of experience fixing, bodging, repairing, getting by on the bare minimum. Stressful yes but a job like that sets you up with a mindset to solving problems!

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Re: Sounds like 'fun'

yup, same here, a mild percussive maintenance will get some rotating too. Problem is when they decide to tell the controller they have died and you need to override the controller to get the array back.

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Re: You seem to be the one who doesn't know any economics

publically traded companies "worth" is based on the price of its shares. Most shared are set on a price based on an expected future performance. In a parallel to big oil, some mining companies have had shares decline not due to lack of demand or lack of reserves but because the countries that have the existing mines and reserves are looking to "go green" etc. The future of those mining companies looks bleaker as it will cost more to operate; workers safety, local pollution, swathes of land disappearing etc will all have to be taken into account and paid for - it wont be viable to dig in some countries.

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Re: BP Rebranding

aha but the 2.57m was spent on hushing up the tin foil hat brigade, afterall, big oil already has the tech for fusion etc.... :)

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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Re: Still fair compared to other countries...

he probably saved them more than 40k in identity theft by forcing them to shore up their defences. Other companies tend to offer BOUNTIES to point out issues like this. He didn't sell the passwords on, they "caught" him because he tried to tell them.

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Re: @LucreLout

sadly enough he has a criminal network for hacking now so he wont be able to get a job on the council.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...

At least there is an option to legally install a windows OS on an apple device. The converse isn't strictly true.

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Re: I don't get it

I thought Toshiba demonstrated one of these years ago? Yup, the "dynario", you can buy one in japan.

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Shock development: Darkweb drug n' gun dealers are untrustworthy

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Re: Live by the Escrow die by the Escrow

Good idea, why don't you suggest darknet regulation to OFCOM?

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

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Re: Can't think of a title

The footage reminded me of playing kick off 2 on the amiga.

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$30 Landfill Android mobes are proof that capitalism ROCKS

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Re: Have you had a closer look at that 'landfill' recently?

My Samsung galaxy s2 is still running, that has a 1.2ghz dual core and 1gb ram so apart from the better quality screen it is pretty much landfill specs. I suspect the extra RAM is the only thing keeping it relevant. I think jellybean was the last official update to the phone, and whilst it can be argued that the S2 is a 3 year old phone I can also be argued that it is only a 3 year old phone and quite capable. KitKat runs fine on my phone (praise be to XDA) and apart from a couple of battery changes it is running strong.

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Re: history repeats

jellybean onwards was a decent platform. JB didn't need epic hardware to run either, I imagine the screen quality is the price factor rather than a cheap dual core SOC.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: A simple solution?

"who exactly is harmed by digitally copying something that is not even offered to them commercially"

The point is not that people can copy something and not bother paying, the point is people want to copy *and pay someone* for doing so. You cannot legally purchase digital products from certain countries which is odd.

Another argument is price gouging. Companies want to sell products globally sometimes (not just within the EU), some countries wont pay £20 for an item but they will pay £5 so that is what is charged in over-there-land. However, the same digital item is sold for £20 in over-here-land. There is a trade selling digital keys from over-there-land that work in over-here-land with a smaller markup say £6 per sale. Globalcorp doesn't like this lost £15 so will clamp down heavily on it. That being said, they still got £5 and avoided a lost sale. I imagine a similar mindset is in the EU as there are wildly different prices for some products in some countries - tax cannot be an issue as most of the major euro denomination companies will pay tax in the lowest taxation country (probably lux), currency fluctuation is moot as it is all euro so the remaining factor is price gouging; they want to charge more in UK than say Greece.

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Re: Finnish bread in any German supermarket or bakery.

depends on whether the german software company greased finnish palms.

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Atomic keyrings: Just how bright are they?

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well someone on ebay manages to sell the same item for the same price but free PnP so it is possible.

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Re: How bright are they?

my green one is still going too (traser). Is it as bright as it was? Don't know, it was never BRIGHT but bright enough to grab the keys if I dropped them in the dark and it still is. I could never read in the dark with it (maybe large text but not a book or anything like that) but you could certainly put it on a tent zipper to mark it.

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usual online tat bazaar has large "nite glowrings" ones at £10 free pnp and small ones £7 free pnp

is elreg drop shipping?

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South Korean police book 29 Uber staff for 'illegal taxi' ops

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Re: Uber is a pirate company.

I doubt he feels the law doesn't apply to him, I suspect he thinks he has found a loophole. Taxi giants grease lots of palms and uber isn't greasing anyones palm.

If Uber is banned then there are plenty of "car share" schemes that could also be banned at the same time, whilst the two are obviously different it will come down to courts.

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