* Posts by Tom 64

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Re: Sad

At least he did not go quietly into the night!

For the night was full of radio banter.

I lift a pint in salute.

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Prepare for ReRAM speed! Crossbar samples SMIC chips

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Holmes

Sounds a lot like intel's Xpoint memory.

See title, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Market researchers big up NRAM

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Facepalm

> "its basis is the movement of the ends of carbon nanotubes"

... and they clam unlimited endurance? I smell pie in the sky.

DRAM doesn't have unlimited endurance and that has no moving parts at all.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Alert

Successful?

Hotcourses was probably a success exactly because Mr. Hunt stepped away from control of it.

This man couldn't run a train wreck.

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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Re: Very

The very last phrase uttered before the universe ceases to exist will be "What happens if I do this?"

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Re: I wonder how the higher ups avoided the blame?

They probably cut a deal with Uncle Sam, hence the large fine.

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The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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Re: ditch the Apple

If you want to ditch the apple, have a look at Sony's latest flagships. They have been excellent since the Z4

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Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

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Saucy!

I've used both perforce and git, and if the decision between the two ever falls to me, I'll choose git every time. Perforce is little better than svn in that it can lock files (WHY?), merge conflicts are a bitch to fix AND you have to pay for it!

The time you save by not having to wrestle with p4 is time better spent with a pint at the end of day.

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Robo-supercar hype biz Faraday Future has invented something – a new word for 'disrupt'

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Reformat??

They probably came up with this when they noticed on their presentation that 'disrupting user value' has unpleasant negative connotations. However judging by the reported misbehaviour of the features, that's probably exactly what this thing will do.

Still, time to break out the popcorn.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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Re: Some questions...

Not a lot of point in mining on a standard PC these days, you have more chance of winning the lottery than gaining BTC by mining yourself.

If your wallet gets corrupted your, BTC are lost unless you backed it up or can otherwise recover the data.

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Re: Sudden crash coming again?

It seems less likely than before, which was an obvious bubble. However I expect to see a downward adjustment from profit taking, and an abundance of fraudsters and thieves crawling out from under their rocks as this news breaks.

Paris because, well... wtf

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Major maser microwaves Hubble

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Re: Wrong units

Nope, its millions of lightyears.

I'd be a little worried if this pair of interacting galaxy cores was just a couple of systems over.

It'd be like planet Earth being put in the microwave.

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Huawei very happy to be on Map Of Tasmania

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Re: Cost Trumps Security?

Why not a Chinese builder?

Huawei to stand in the way of progress?

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Ancient water found in Canada is two billion years old – giving hope to Mars colony dreamers

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Surface of Saturn!?

CMIIAW, but last time I checked, Saturn was a gas giant and doesn't exactly have a solid surface. At least not one you can get to without being crushed to the size of a penny, and boiled alive.

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Elon Musk wants to get into the boring business, literally

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Umm

I don't think he has tried the tube has he?

Particularly for cars, ventilation would be a massive headache. Literally.

I'd rather stay put thanks.

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MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS

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Re: Time remaining is always a guestimate

Gaming on a mac? Thanks for the chuckle

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

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Re: Investing

Hit the nail on the head there my anonymous chum.

It's not just 'rip-off britain', its 'under-investing, profit-gouging, pants-pulling-down britain'! Although I understand that is a bit more of a mouthful.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Re: The Audi option

But an impact at several thousand miles an hour could ruin your day, even an icecube at this speed could wreck the probe, or indeed, an audi.

I'll get my coat, going to work on an ice cube gun to use on audi drivers.

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Big Brother

Well...

I suppose she's known as the Pry Minister for a reason!

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systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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Mushroom

Re: You broke it, you bought it.

> "The OSX boot process may be pretty opaque and cursed by XML"

> "quite sensible & sane"

I'm sorry, what? You have to be swivel-eyed, window licking, barking mad nuts to use an xml parser in your boot process.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

My 2c since I live in Tokyo.

You wont find these in public bathrooms often, and in the gents that are public there are almost always urinals too. Some units do indeed have the remote buttons installed higher near the bogroll (which makes finding them difficult sometimes when pissed).

The heated water is heated and stored locally in the cistern unit, so no, this hack didn't deprive anyone else of hot water.

The seatwarmer function is awesome in winter time.

Probably a good thing this hack didn't push the button with the (female) human face on it.

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Toblerone's Brexit trim should be applied to bloatware

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Completely disagree

Take Skype for example. This software used to be very useful and no one else in the market stood a chance against them because it was that good.

What was the first thing Microsoft did with it after acquisition? Dumbed it down and stripped out features. It's now a crash-prone pile of rubbish with half the amount of utility it had previously. If I wasn't forced to use it for business, I'd have ditched it right after Microsoft released their first windows build.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

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FAIL

Google need to clean house.

It doesn't help that google's own advertising platform frequently gets hijacked to perform these kinds of attack. Just today I tapped on a link in google now (yes google's own shit) to a website, which after a mere 10 seconds of allowing me to view the article, promptly redirected me via malvertising to a dodgy download on google's OWN store with flashing warnings about viruses. FFS.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Re: We're coming at this problem from the wrong direction

Those tanks up top will quickly run out, necessitating regular stops for a top up.

How about we install aqueducts along every motorway and A road for top-up on the go? Perfectly practical.

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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> "Gigabyte motherboard "

Gigabyte have always been pretty shit with BIOS support, unless you pick their top-end models.

Switch to ASUS next time you are building your own kit, they're much better.

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

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Re: ??

Yep, and the whole point of encryption is to encrypt the entire message, and not just selecting parts of it to encypher, which would be utterly pointless.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Re: The silver hockey puck works on and off the screen.

1999? Are you serious, or just a troll?

Windows 2000 was decent enough (although it took a decade to boot), but the default UI in XP was utterly gross! It was also a bug ridden mess, got frequently pwn3d, and herded into botnets and the like. Windows 7 was much better, and I have to say I'm starting to like Win 10 quite a lot too.

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Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

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Interesting posibilities

If we can literally print self powered computers almost anywhere, the computing resources available to humanity will jump exponentially. All those big supercomputers will quickly become redundant.

It wont even matter if these transistors are 10x slower than current silicon if we can print 100x as many for half the price. Awesome research.

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Will AI spell the end of humanity? The tech industry wants you to think so

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Mushroom

No sane government would ever put an AI in charge of the nukes...

... we're all doomed, aren't we.

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Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

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Can we rename Brexit please?

I'm not sure which tory spin doctor came up with 'brexit', but its really starting to get on my tits.

How about 'clisterfuxit', or 'brexshit'?

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AT&T buys Time Warner for US$85.4bn or 1.25 Dell-EMCs

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WTF?

Where on earth did they get the cash?

80 Bln is a lot of dollars. How much of that is in loans? Did they find it down the back of the sofa? Or is it simply a product of under-investment in infrastructure and profit gouging for a decade or so?

I was under the impression the telco business had wafer thin margins!

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AI, AI, captain: Royal Navy warships to set sail with computer officers

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Someone please,

notify Linda Hamilton! She should be watching these developments.

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What's 5G? Who knows, but Qualcomm's designed a modem for it

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Re: fool around with 28 GHz

Indeed. At that frequency a base station is going to be required on every wall. The signal wont travel for crap and wont even get through a sheet of paper, let alone a wall!

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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Dumbest idea ever?

As if the patent system isn't already full of rubbish and inhibiting the progress of humanity, imagine what would happen if we allow some AI to spaff the system?

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Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones

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a bit rich...

You can't credit Jobs with all of those things... GPUs, really?!

What Jobs did do was insist on quality user experience (something Cook and his cronies should pay more attention to), making the smartphone nice to use. No more clunky keys and a butter smooth UI.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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"how we label our food"

Why would we want to change this exactly, Mrs. May?

EU food labeling law is probably the best in the world. Are you suggesting its dumbed down so corporations can sell us crap? Taken any interesting donations from food companies recently have we?

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: How long until Google decides ...

... so if you buy all your music from Apple, you cant port it to an android phone?

That sucks, really, really badly. You have been made Apple's gimp.

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I want to launch thousands of drones, says Facebook's flying Wi-Fi router chief

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Joke

Honestly...

I can't see this taking off.

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Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

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If those numbers really stack up...

... I'm sure it will have legs. Looking forward to some reviews vs some x86 kit.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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Effective camouflage

Given that most of Trump is as orange as the martian dunes, it would be a great place for him to get lost. Preferably permanently.

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D-Wave doubles qubit count

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IT Angle

Shouldn't that headline read:

'D-Wave doubles the size of its fraud' ?

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Apple puts on its grey suit: Firm, 40, keen to meet corporate types

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Mushroom

As much as I despise apple,

I hope they do start making inroads into the enterprise market. It might wake microsoft the fuck up and we'd have some healthy competition again.

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Tokyo man arrested for selling jailbroken iPhones

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Fact check?

Toyama Prefecture isn't anywhere near Tokyo.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Go

Bonkers

Yes, you may die on mars, but hey, you're going to die here on Earth anyway, unless you are Larry Ellison. I for one which Mr. Musk success in this endeavor.

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Scale-out sister? Unreliable disks are better for your storage

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Multiple actuators

I've often wondered why HDDs have only one set of read/write heads on a single actuator.

There is easily enough room in a standard form-factor for two arms, or maybe even four.

Yes, its more stuff to go wrong, but the performance boost, particularly for random read/write ops would be well worth any reliability hit, and this would be a boon to any customer, enterprise or consumer.

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

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Coffee/keyboard

a "made up number."

Yes it is indeed made up in the sense that somebody has calculated it.

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Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters

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Cattleprod disguised as an olive branch

GCHQ are trying to kill two birds with one stone here; make them look like the good guys, while creeping their mission. Sleazebags.

And all the while, the internet gets more and more carved up.

Oh, and how long before a tax hike is announced so that you may cover the cost of the inevitable engineering tits-up that follows.

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It actually will be Obama who decides whether to end US government oversight of the internet

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My money is on a punt

This is such a thorny issue, I can see Obama kicking this one into the long grass and leaving it for his successor to deal with

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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OVER THE LINE!

Deleting a post which was protesting censorship is bad. My that's a slippery slope right there....

It's like pulling out a firearm during league play.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

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Re: Cool kids are all Bluetooth

> "The World has briefly succumbed to bastard hipsters."

Do you mean 'a bastard of hipsters'?

I believe 'bastard' is the correct collective noun for the job.

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