* Posts by Danny 14

2360 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

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Re: Am I the only one...

It would also be interesting to see what it does in a no-win situation such as black ice or white van man side swiping you. I bet an audi/bmw driver will find some way to confuse the sensors by sitting up your arse flashing lights.

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Delving into Office 2016: Microsoft goes public with new preview

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Hopefully upload center can be shutdown through OCT just like I did in 2013. Same with onedrive (and lync)

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We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

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Re: Just bought one a week ago...

voice from the intercom?

Uh, everything's under control. Situation normal.

Voice: What happened?

Uh, we had a slight weapons malfunction, but uh... everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you. How are you?

Voice: We're sending a squad up.

Uh, uh... negative, negative. We had a reactor leak here now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Large leak, very dangerous.

Voice: Who is this? What's your operating number?

Uh...

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Complete waste of fee money. The majority of these will become Frisbees or landfill, teachers wont know what to do with them. It is unlikely that support will exist in schools to plug your own devices in (majority of schools I visit are VGA rather than HDMI), a large chunk of parents will baulk at the idea of plugging a bare exposed board into their 50" TV.

so what is the point? Don't get me wrong, I love little PCs, I have a PI and a PI2. My kids have rooted cheap Chinese android tablets and I show them how to flash roms, ADB and am slowly showing them scripting. But I doubt even a small minority of parent will be able to install Linux to the degree that it will do something good, let along program a multiline display.

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Going on holiday? Mexico wants your personal data

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Re: Mexico...

agreed. The people ive met who went to ruins/pyramids/etc either get everything not nailed to your body stolen or hassled non-stop by locals/beggars/looky looky men.

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Re: Simple solution

sounds like a good idea for Ryanair. Their "outsourcing" would be a company in the Bahamas and Ryanair would make a tax deductible loss on their booking process. Funnily enough the booking company would be owned by an Irishman.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: anti-virus labels itself as malware, borks EVERYTHING

Sophos did a couple of years ago. By absolute chance the internet went down the night the bad update was pushed out to the Sophos manager so we were ok. By the time our internet was back the update had been pulled.

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

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Re: Capita cost increases

my understanding is that the person who proposed and pushed this through would have had fingers in pies. This meant that the contract was to be in favour of the politician with sticky fingers and the company who shouldn't really have to make good on its promises.

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Re: In the news over the weekend...

pointless to me too. I only use what I need to use anyway, I don't leave the tumble drier on because im bored or like the sound of it. Likewise I leave the PC on if it is doing something, same for the TV etc. Lights are LEDs now, cooker is gas etc. This day and age people are naturally switching things off because the leccy costs so damn much...

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Chewier than a slice of Pi: MIPS Creator CI20 development board

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Re: Community

There are lots of x86 boards that are around the £60 mark (so no, not $50 but still in the same ballpark area) just add a usb stick and a DDR3 memory module (no more than £10 for the pair). I had an old AMD e350 board that used to run XBMC, this ran off a USB stick (Ubuntu + XBMC). It wasn't fanless though and I wasn't prepared to spend the money on a big heatsink when a Pi2 was almost as cheap.

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Re: Media Center

My PI2 will play the HD content just fine. The best ive managed to rip from a bluray is a dts audio full 1080p, the pi2 doesn't skip a beat, even if I turn pass through off and let the pi2 decode the audio (this used to bring a pi to its knees).

Granted I agree that the original pi wasn't the best media player unless you had a decent audio decoder. Now the PI2 can be plugged into any hdmi TV and decode audio and play HD content without issue. Im using openelec.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Re: Hmm

It would also be able to punch a hole through the driver/passenger just as quick.

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Re: I think a LAW is more effective

LAW at 1 mile? I had difficulty qualifying at 500m at warcop, javelin maybe.

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Re: @Chemist

Laser stabilisation already exists. What do you think paints targets from miles away whilst flying? Plus anti missile would be a perfect application for this, or plopped into a hercules for some hot lase action.

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How many Androids does it take to change a light bulb?

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Re: the dreaded dingy CFL

I posted in the wrong bit, ASDA had a deal on 4Watt GU10 at 6x for £12 so I went mad. They are *far* brighter than the halogen ones replaced. I changed some SES at the same time and they were *FECKNG BRIGHT* compared to the 30watt ones I replaced, the light is quite "clinical" though.

LEDs have come a long way.

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Indeed, surely it is better to let the heating do the, you know, heating?

ASDA had a great deal on 4watt 6x GU10 LEDs for £12 so I upgraded all our GU10s in one go. Damn they are bright, much brighter than I anticipated (I remember the early LED GU10s being pretty dim, and we don't mention the CFL versions).

To go from 600W in my house to 48Watt will probably be noticeable (with the kids rarely remembering that the lights aren't turned off by the light fairy)

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: ha

actually they aren't emulating, unlike the US they are being upfront.

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

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better fish and chips?

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Re: North East

I was thinking southport for along the same lines. You have plenty of runways about and you can drop the stages on Manchester.

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Euro ministers ditch plan to ban roaming charges

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Re: I smell lobbyists

like most things in life it is spread across the entire business model. do you really think every customer uses their 3000 minutes and 6000 texts per month? Highly unlikely. The "feel at home" with three is probably a reciprocal agreement as it isn't with all providers in respective countries. Personally I thought it was great when I was in france (and a minor bugbear in Belgium as they aren't covered). Previously I had used a €30 holiday sim, something I didn't need to this year.

Three would still stand out as even if there was a cap on roaming, three effectively have no roaming in quite a few countries. Plus even if there is no "roaming" the telcos can still say roaming doesn't come out of your package allowance and simply increase std charges (shafting PAYG)

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

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Re: if this...

Why? First thing i did to the wife's note 3.get rid of the bloat. My s2 is metal framed and has no issue with signal (plastic back which may make the difference)

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