* Posts by Tom 64

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Re: Apple's history of bravery

You say 'history of bravery', I say planned obsolescence.

How long until they replace the thunderbolt connector with a version 2.0 rendering all the apple faithful's old kit obsolete?

How many of those old firewire peripherals can you still use? Zero, I'd imagine.

I still have plenty of USB 1 kit kicking around that I can still use.

Where is the mug icon?

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Microsoft wearable makes lazy lardies pay to play on the couch

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Who on earth is going to buy one?

While I applaud the lofty goals, I can't imagine anyone wanting one of these, unless it was forced upon them by a spouse!

Beer because its Friday =)

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Intel Basis fans burned again: Refund checks for scalding smartwatches bounce

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Ouch

Burned twice by intel? Literally and figuratively.

Paris - because wtf.

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98.1 million CLEARTEXT passwords pasted as Rambler.ru rumbled

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Really?

The engineers responsible for storing passwords in clear text should be promptly taken out back and shot, if they haven't already (hey this is Russia).

That's been in the book of fuckups 101 since forever.

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Japan's Brexit warning casts shadow over Softbank ARM promises

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Re: Nope.

"There won't be a second referendum. End. Of. I believe Theresa May has been crystal on that."

Like she was crystal on her definition of 'everyone' when she said she would make a 'Britain that works for everyone'.

I rather think her definition would be quite different from yours or mine.

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Larry Page snuffs out ‘too expensive’ Google Fiber project

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"Shock, horror, physical infrastructure is expensive."

You're right, it IS expensive.

However, the quality of modern fibre means it only has to be laid down once, and rarely replaced. Maybe once every couple of decades or so.

In the mean time, replacing the gubbins at either end will ensure progressive speed increases.

I guess google have quit thinking big and would rather concentrate on short term ROI these days.

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Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Ah, McNulty

That's what you have been up to!

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Stephen Baxter

> " I literally finished reading that book yeserday. No the bacteria doesnt change time, can't think what gave you that notion! Y'might want to read it again"

He's read the sequel

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Touchy iPhone 6, 6 Plus chips prone to breaking down and giving up

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oh dear

looks like someone has been skimping on manufacturing costs again. Reminds me of nvidia's bumpgate days

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Microsoft drops OMI for Linux to GitHub

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ohhh...

It's DMTF not DTMF... Had to read that twice, and here's me thinking Microsoft had dialled a wrong number.

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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A good idea

Better than just trying burning it up over the pacific and giving the remainder to the fish.

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: @fruitoftheloon: Really ....

Apologies for the rather vulgar turn of phrase, however this is important stuff.

Brexit, really was never a good solution to the problems the British establishment were having with the EU, and they knew that. It is the political equivalent of throwing your toys out of the pram and screaming 'I HATE YOU'. It really wont serve the common good, it will only serve those who have the will and means to exploit the resulting chaos, and that isn't me, and isn't you, and it isn't the people who need the most help in society here, or abroad.

Do you really believe that a fractured and infighting Europe with more hate in it is good for any one? I had some grandparents who seemed to think that was bad last time around.

So with peace in mind, I hold out an olive pint to you sir, and will drink to a better future, whatever your definition of that is.

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Re: Really ....

"Britain can and will be "great" again..."

Would you like to explain how that can happen with an economy in the shitter, prices going up, and no-one in their right mind willing to trade with, and/or invest in the country?

The sooner people get their heads out of their asses, and realise that brexit is a horrible idea, the better.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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Even if it turns out to be shit...

... I'll pick one up. My 8350 is getting long in the tooth, and intel have enough money already

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Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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"know when the connecting service is coming and it would get you there on time.”

Not if it's stuck in traffic, it wont. And it it stops often to pick up the elderly, whom I assume are its target market, since even the slowest walker can match its speed, it will be delayed even more while waiting for wheelchair folding etc.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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Lots of Microsoft bashing here

... and quite rightly. Microsoft often seem like a rudderless titanic heading right for the iceberg, but hey at least they have a skunkworks shop trying to make new stuff.

They may ultimately produce complete junk and spaff away their huge wad of cash, but if it makes gaming headseats cheaper, I'm all for watching from the sidelines.

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