* Posts by Tom 64

86 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

Tom 64

Silhouette?

Has someone take the trouble to point out to Mr. *ahem* Johnson, that that is not in fact a silhouette?

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

Tom 64

Archbang FTW

Surprised the author didn't mention this one:

It's Arch linux configured much like crunchbang with Openbox

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

Tom 64

TSMC @10nm?

Hah, yeah right. The don't seem to be able to push out anything in acceptable quantity below 28nm. We'll be seeing 10nm from them much later than 2016 I suspect.

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LOGITECH - TECH = 'LOGI' ... that's non-Logitech tech, is it?

Tom 64

Last time I checked...

... It wasn't 1983, whats with all the garish fluorescent colours!

From the video, it looks like they'll be punting tablets and netbooks.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Tom 64

Re: To be fair...

The solution to that one is simple. Install CS2, which is free (as in beer) and has zero issues.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

Tom 64
Pint

Can he do me a Radeon Fury?

They only weigh in at 8.9 billion transistors, he'll be done by lunchtime, right?

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git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

Tom 64

Devs, prepare to abandon ship.

Those investors are going to want their money back soon. Get ready for the site to become very unfriendly with banners to 'upgrade to premium' or 'get github for enterprise NOW!'

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

Tom 64

The next step

Once enough rich morons have been catapulted into space, paying for the build of more craft, it won't be long before Beardy opens up trans-atlantic flights in these things and their derivatives. Who doesn't want a quick trip across the pond with an awesome view?

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

Tom 64
Go

Re: How to kill a browser...

Try this:

https://vivaldi.com/

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Mushroom

Re: Another issue with https

"it's the only way to be sure."

Wrong. The only way to be sure is to nuke the entire site from orbit.

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Microsoft to TAKE OUT THE TRASH in the Windows Store

Tom 64

Has El Reg employed F7 as Editor-in-chief?

"Zamora said apps should also be appropriately priced. One app should not be significantly more expensive than another than provides substantially identical functionality, for example."

err what?

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

Tom 64

Why bother?

Unless you _really_ need something that only runs on windows (and probably wont run on this anyway), why use nano if you can roll out a free bare-metal linux distro with very well known and well documented tools?

This is going to be a very tough sell for mircosoft.

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Reader suggestion: Using HDFS as generic iSCSI storage

Tom 64

Fine, if you don't care about performance

HDFS is dog slow. I mean really, really sloooooow.

I'd probably not consider using it like this, you're much better off with a dedicated NAS unit with RAID, if you care at all about performance.

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All-Russian 'Elbrus' PCs and servers go on sale

Tom 64

A decent market

Especially if the Russian government dictates that all government departments buy all Russian!

In soviet Russia, market eats you! err wait...

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Spooks BUSTED: 27,000 profiles reveal new intel ops, home addresses

Tom 64

The name's Rod, Lightening Rod

I wonder how long it will be before his phone is tapped, his internet data all collected etc.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Tom 64
Angel

What's not to like?

Err, the fact that I will have no control over it for one.

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Watch: Nasty JPEG pops corporate locks on Windows boxes

Tom 64

Is this even English?

Such poor grammar....

SRLSY, do you even English?

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

Tom 64

No comparison with H265 I see

Perhaps it's going to bomb against that like its predecessor did with H264?

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Dutch companies try warming homes with cloud servers

Tom 64

Re: This is laughable

You obviously haven't tried any cryptocoin mining, have you. A moderately powerful CPU and GPU running full tilt can pump out rather a lot of heat and I've been heating my place like this for the last few winters.

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

Tom 64

Re: Am I the only one...

"I am completely operational, and all of my circuits are functioning perfectly."

- Doesn't mean I'm not about to kill you

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

Tom 64

'NetBook' - exactly.

Been looking for a replacement for my 2009 EeePC 900, and this fits the bill.

Has a decent screen, a powerful enough processor for surfing and videos, and a keyboard for some work if really necessary.

I'd buy it, if it wasn't stupidly over priced and wasn't OS locked-down. I'll wait for Asus to make a clone with the same processor, k thx.

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

Tom 64

"You hold Epic Scale next to something like a [browser] toolbar, and it's night and day."

No, its night and more night, asshole.

You are praying on those foolish enough not to read a fat screen full of text to fund your next porsche, you and your 'partners'. Morally questionable at best.

From the screenshot I also like the bit about curing aids being promoted at the top.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

Tom 64

Re: Compare these to the 20MB MFM drives of not so long ago!

Your OS, all your apps and 90Gb free from 128?

You sir, are clearly not a Windows gamer ;)

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Tom 64

Re: Probably enterprise gear pricing

Agreed, this kind of innovation - the ring bus subsystem, needs to have its development costs covered. This is not going to be cheaper than a consumer grade disk by any measure.

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90% of mobile data eaten by TINY, GREEDY super-user HOTSPOTS

Tom 64

"Given that a 4k film can be 300Gb"...

... compressed with what??? DivX like its 1999?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

Tom 64

'For me, the most noxious element is the way it tries to bully you into using a Microsoft account to log in to your PC.'

That's not the worst part. The worst part is that microsoft accounts can only have a maximum password length of 16... WTF

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

Tom 64

Fedora 21

I've been using redhat linux derivatives in the datacentre and cloud for a while now, so I thought I'd give Fedora 21 a go in a VM. Its a solid solid workstation OS, and next time I get to choose what goes on my office workstation/laptop it will be this distro.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Tom 64
Coat

Basically he's declaring war on private conversation

... What's next, a government mandated microphone in every pub bog and living room around the country?

Oh wait, they can already pwn smartphones and listen in, I'll get my coat.

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Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

Tom 64

Smells like marketing fluff

And if I'm not much mistaken, Java is a dependency. No thanks, I'll not get on this tank.

I'm far more excited by what the likes of CoreOS are doing.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

Tom 64

What's that sound?

Ahh yes it must be the sound of the 'Nanny State Pork Barrel Bus' come to <strikethrough>exploit us all</strikethrough> help us all out. Joy of joys.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

Tom 64

Re: Extraordinary claims

“But we are a law-based state operating very tightly within a legal framework”

Do they really thing we were all born yesterday? I seem to remember uk.gov rushing through a law before the recess of parliament because what the snoops were doing was deemed to be illegal by the EC court of Justice.

I wonder if this has anything at all to do with the recent support the UKIP has been getting.

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Tom 64

Wonder why Japan first

They are a British company after all?

Perhaps they are being made there since they couldn't get quality manufacturing at home.

I do hope they have sorted out their reliability issues though, the Japanese consumer is a fussy one.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

Tom 64

Re: it'll all end in tears

Given the theory that the uni/multiverse is infinite, this experiment has already been done an infinite number of times and been found to be both true and false.

Interesting times indeed =)

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

Tom 64

I don't get it

If you want to go supersonic, why not just do it through the air where you don't have to bother with engineering away the water?

The only application must be military, so the Chinese can deliver a nuke to San Fran bay totally undetected or so. But surely there are easier and less expensive ways to threaten your enemies.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Tom 64

CoreOS

I'm a big fan of the approach CoreOS is taking.

If it was production ready and easier to get installed in the cloud, I'd be rolling it out as my server OS for everything I develop. I can see a switch to it within the next year or so, one to watch for sure.

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AMD dangles 64-bit ARM code developer kit over, well ... developers

Tom 64

Feeds and speeds?

If AMD has kept the power consumption very low, I think they will make a killing on these.

Also I wonder if they threw in come GCN cores.

Anybody have more info?

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Oracle: You wanted SQL on Hadoop? How about SQL on Hadoop and SQL ON NOSQL?

Tom 64

Sounds like a 'look, me too!' endeavour.

Apache Hive actually already allows you to do most SQL operations on data in HDFS, and is enough for our analysis needs. Being able to join on data not in HDFS does however sound interesting.

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D-Wave to bust 1,000-qubit barrier with new quantum compute device

Tom 64

If it looks like a charlatan...

and quacks like a charlatan...

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KA-BOOOM! Boffins blow up mountain to make way for telescope

Tom 64

wot?

No video?

I thought the whole thing was going to be filmed?

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

Tom 64

Re: Science education...

On homeopathy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dFYfeADX7g

This always makes me laugh

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Sony nanotechnicians invent magnetic tape that stores 148 Gb per square inch

Tom 64

Applicable to HDD?

If you can whack this tech on an HDD, I'll take one.

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Fresh evidence Amazon is ARMing its huge cloud against Intel et al

Tom 64

ARM on AWS

If Amazon are rolling their own servers, they'll likely be testing it out on their own operations first before punting it to the public. As an AWS user, I'd be happy to run my code on ARM.

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

Tom 64

It looks suspiciously like an AE-35 unit

HAL: I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit. It's going to go 100% failure in 72 hours.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

Tom 64

Re: "Anyone else getting bored of stories about XP updates stopping?"

@SineWave242

Linux patch management is dependent on the distro, and your argument for everyone moving to linux is flawed by your own rationale; if everyone moves to linux, that will be the hackers next target.

Heavens then we will have rabid microsoft fanboys extolling the virtues of their safehaven operating system.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

Tom 64

Re: Just upgraded the last of my xp machines,

"XP at home, one PC too old so just risking it."

No, don't do that. As someone else pointed out, you're risking it becoming part of someone else's botforest, and that can hurt everyone, not just you.

If it can run XP, it can run some lightweight linux. Look into it.

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

Tom 64

I warned you about drivers!

But had you listened, this would have been a far less entertaining, and shorter read.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Tom 64

Drivers!

If there is any obscure hardware at all, you are probably going to want to take a pre-downloaded copy of the W7 drivers for it.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

Tom 64

If you really want fast on a netbook...

Go for a distro that uses openbox.

I installed archbang linux on mine, its twice as fast as LMDE, is bang upto date and I've never looked back.

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Google's new cloud CRUSHES Amazon in RAM battle

Tom 64

Useful, yes

I'd love to read a piece on how the control panels compare between the big three. I'm currently an AWS user and their web based interfaces can be frustrating.

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

Tom 64

jhProtominer

jhProtominer doesn't mine bitcoin, but a precursor for bitshares.

The work this does on your CPU cannot really be done on a GPU, but the resulting protoshares can be traded for BTC at an exchange.

Do your research before starting a flame war.

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