* Posts by james 68

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This local council paid HOW MUCH for an SD card?!

james 68

They should include purchases by school bodies in this research, shame some sense into them. I worked for a number of schools in Northern Ireland and they were regularly paying 3 to 5x the going rate for computer gear. Laptops, desktops and tablets were all 3x the going rate, servers, switches, wifi access points and printers were 5x the going rate or often more.

Suppliers were even charging 15 quid for 500meg USB thumbdrives. Once they get the supply contract anything goes, and they never lose that contract regardless of how much they increase prices or fail to meet targets because it is all doled out via the "old boys network".

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What Brexit means for you as a motorist

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McLaren is majority owned by the Bahrain royal family, only 25% of it is owned by a Brit.

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Re: Passport, driving licence validity

Hell no, haven't you ever met the French? who do you think taught it to us during the Norman occupation? ;-)

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james 68

Re: Passport, driving licence validity

EU flag on it? so what?

It doesn't have a Japanese flag on it, yet the Japanese not only accept it at full face value but will happily give you a Japanese licence of the same grade without you needing to take any kind of test. If the Euros don't accept it then it wont be because of a little flag, it'll be because of sheer bloodymindedness.

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PAC slams UK government for lack of evidence-based science investments

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So essentially she's saying that global warming science is bad for business and that means we should stop funding it? Same applies for theoretical physics which may have zero visible short term business sense, but without it the UK would lose it's place as a leading scientific community and that would DEFINITELY be bad for business.

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Let's Encrypt in trademark drama

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Wow, did Comodo get bought out by Apple or something?

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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Re: AC

Or more likely they'd just use an AA battery and yell "First!!!!" and sue everybody anyway arguing that because they yelled first that means that they obviously designed it so only they can use it (just like everything else- rounded corners included).

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DARPA demands brand-new command … IN SPAAACE!

james 68

My thoughts exactly, a room full of screens is obsolete so they're gonna replace it with a room full of screens. To me it looks kind of barrelish and smells distinctly of pork.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Money grubbing conscienceless wretch

Does Mr Gonzalez drive a car perchance? Because if he does then I put it to you that he is directly funding terrorism by paying Saudi Arabia for fuel. The vast majority of terrorists in the middle east are funded and supplied with war materials by Saudi Arabia, this is well known but nobody will even think about bringing them to account - because what are a few deaths so long as fuel prices stay at a reasonable low and the oil keeps flowing? Making his support of the Saudis in effect support of terrorism. If Google et al are guilty then so is he, hoist him by his own petard.

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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I wonder

How long before Rush Limbaugh blames it on secret ISIS messages by those nefarious Muslims and calls for a ban on brown dwarfs closely followed by an invasion to put them in their place?

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

james 68

Re: ummmm

More like:

Something that eats EVERYTHING shocks scientists by eating something.

I mean seriously, nothing escapes from a black hole it even "eats" light, but for some reason it's terribly surprising that some gas got gobbled?

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Clock that? New ARM designs point to virtual reality

james 68

Short fluff piece containing no real information followed by "We have much deeper coverage on its way. ®"

Is this really the professional journalist version of those twats on forums who post "FIRST!!!!!!!!!111!!!!!111111" in every damned comment thread?

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

james 68

Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Over the period of time earth has existed? quite a lot I'd imagine. You are I notice studiously ignoring the entirely new material added to the crust on a continuous basis, this is not an insignificant mass of material even discounting the heavy bombardment periods over the current lifespan of our planet makes an enormous difference in relative age of crust and core materials.

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james 68

Re: Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Some plates manage to get deep enough to interface with the magma-core boundary and dredge up core material, the materials from the crust mix with the cores due to these interactions at the the magma-core boundary which is why there are heavy elements for us to mine in the crust. Which would make crust and core the same age. So again screwing the hypothesis, and how about the new material from space which is constantly added to the crust (160+ tonnes per year according to NASA)? That adds up to a metric fuck-ton over geological timescales.

If you really want to stick to atomic age and not material age then answer me this- How old is the earth? Because if you answer 4.543 billion years then you would be wrong (by your reasoning) as that is the "material age" the atoms were formed long long before that in the hearts of long dead stars from atoms which were created long long before that yadda yadda etc.

I say it again, the hypothesis only works for a static earth model.

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james 68

Quite a large pachyderm in the room

Seems to me like nobody considered a little thing called plate subduction, wherein the earths tectonic plates constantly move, when forced against each other one plate will be forced under the other, as that plate is pushed further into the underlying magma it in turn "melts" once again becoming magma itself. At areas where the plates pull apart, new land is formed by upwelling magma (Hawaiian island chain is a good example of this).

Long story short - the earths crust is much much younger than the core as it is constantly being "recycled". This scientific hypothesis which states the opposite is only relevant in a static earth model where there is no subduction or upwelling to recycle the crust.

Currently Mars has no plate tectonics, but the hypothesis doesn't even work there, as Mars did have plate tectonics in the past meaning that even its crust is in fact younger than its core.

I guess this is a problem specific to when physicists try to work out geology.

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Telegram in Iran crackdown

james 68

Wait a second, now I'm confused. I thought the article was about Iran? Surely the "Supreme Council of Cyberspace" is an American invention institution?

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Labour asks for more concessions on the UK's Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Labour's "discomfort" over the Snoopers' Charter

"When it comes to Westminster, there's nothing to choose between any of them, just a bunch of lazy, over-paid, vain, incompetent, self obsessed, illiberal fuckwits."

You forget crooked, ignorant and self-serving. But otherwise spot on.

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MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

james 68

Be thankful

At least he didn't name it "Buggy MacBugface".

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Goats boost solar power

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Re: Weed whacker is more eco

"Pretty sure human powered pruning sheers are even less energy efficient. Humans tend to need a lot of high energy foods too. Not to mention all the other stuff a humanoid weed extermination device likes to have."

The human is already part of the equation in that they already have a groundskeeper to cut back weeds, with the sheep and goats there will also be a human to corral them and provide their supplementary feed, therefor simply providing said human with manual shears IS the most green option. BTW the CO2, N2O and CH4 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats is much greater than from 1 human.

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Weed whacker is more eco

"that problem goes away ... and so does the CO2 emissions that come from using a powered weed-whacker."

No CO2 emissions from the weed whacker sure, but you've now got the CO2 emissions from 4 sheep and 2 goats, not to mention the MUCH worse N2O (nitrous oxide) and CH4 (methane) emissions and the emissions from the farming (including the crap they pump in to make the stuff grow and spray to make the bug die) and transport of their supplementary feed.

In this case "green" is not so much green as more of a dark purplish red, which is appropriate as it's the colour the animals will be after they chew through the electric cables.

Green would be swapping the gardeners weed whacker for a manual set of shears.

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India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor

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Of course the aid money is needed, how else will they pay for their space program?

Saying that India doesn't need aid money because it has a space program is disingenuous, India certainly needs aid money, not to help so many starving and unfortunate people would be to deny our own humanity, but the problem lies in corrupt officials throughout all levels of government who spend that cash on misguided projects and to make themselves richer.

The aid money should not be removed, the corrupt officials should be.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Guns can actually be quite dangerous (@ J Bourne)

I'll just leave this here... http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/2358204/85031338.jpg

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james 68

Re: Bah!

Not quite, British folk do indeed use feet as a unit of measurement.

Your thinking of those other euros like the French.

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james 68

Re: Driving for dummies.

Probably a tad less difficult than when driving a car. ;-)

#HarryPotterProblems

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james 68

Driving for dummies.

"Although just how much damage the hapless shooter did to his foot is unclear, he was able to drive himself to hospital, KWCH notes."

Could have blown the bloody thing clean off and still do that. It IS America, Fool only needs one foot to drive an automatic.

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The ‘Vaping Crackdown’ starts today. This is what you need to know

james 68

Re: About time

"I'm tired of seeing vapers flaunt their filthy addiction in public. It's a disgusting habit as is smoking."

Funny that, I'm tired of seeing colon fetishists flaunt their filthy addiction in public. It's a truly disgusting habit. Doubt you'll see that as a reason to yank your head out of your arse though.

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Hey you – minion. Yes, IT dudes and dudettes, they're talking to you

james 68

Re: no need to worry

Naw, Trevor ain't bad, and at least he seems to understand humour.

Sure some of the subject matter he has written about is kind of "meh", but he at least has an idea of what he's talking about and even amuses me on occasion - which is becoming a rare thing on the register.

He's alright in my book (for a consultant).

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Facepalm

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

SMH

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james 68

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

North America also has Donald Trump, seems like a good enough reason to give it a miss.

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james 68

Re: Utter tosh and drivel

I like my little world, it's cozy and there's free tea and biscuits.

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james 68

Utter tosh and drivel

Let me introduce you to the real world since reality seems to be rather lacking within your pretentious little bubble, call it a service if you will.

Systems "Architects" (In fact anyone who calls themselves "architect" and has bugger all to do with building design) tend to be overblown arsebiscuits who simply like to call themselves by whatever the new fad is in lala land. These addicts to buzzwords would call themselves 'Hitlerspenispolisher' next week if they thought it made them sound more important in their own little minds.

Systems "Architects" tend to be the worst of the breed, in reality being nothing more than a bog standard consultant with a fetish for grandiose naming schemes. They come into the workplace, spout a load of words they read in a magazine like some kind of effluvia fountain and proceed to fuck everything up right royally. Then they get paid a ridiculous sum of money and bugger off to the nearest spa/salon to top up their fake tans never to be seen again until words like "responsibility" have ceased being bandied about.

Systems Administrators on the other hand, are the lowly, underpaid, underappreciated sods who all of a sudden become very important indeed. Because we can fix the mess. Because we can rip out the bollocks that the "Architect" had installed and actually build something that works, is more efficient and costs half as much. Because we had that shit on standby since we first suggested it and told management that paying an "Architect" would be a colossal waste of money for anything other than as a children's party clown.

Systems Administrators, they treat us like vermin, but it is because of us that they have a functioning business.

And soon, when you least expect it, we shall rise up and claim our rightful place! We shall do away with "Architects" and other dandified consultant twats! We will do away with the beancounters and the managers! We will rule the universe! (Nobody ever reads this far into a comment, so our plans are safe... for now)

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

james 68

"It appears it IS breaking the rules, hence the removal by Apple. Their motivation is in the email they wrote."

Hmm so using the API's provided by Apple for app development, breaks Apples rules for app development?

That sir is a vicious circle, and by that rationale EVERY app developed for an Apple device is breaking the rules and could be disappeared at any time because they all rely upon those API's.

Apple app devs - you have been warned.

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james 68

No, no, no. You know how Apple like to disappear any apps that provide a service so that Apple can then move in and provide a carbon copy app with a safe monopoly?

Well it's obvious, Apple wishes to corner the market on '"potentially" false data'. Or as some like to call it, 'bald faced lies'.

Starting with this spitball of untruth about this poor sods app.

Yay Apple!

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Hacker sells Pornhub shell

james 68

One has to wonder just how many Virii the poor hacker now has to deal with, hope he used decent protection.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

james 68
Unhappy

I too can pull fanciful figures out of my arse, probably more accurate than Junipers at that. Unfortunately nobody would be willing to pay me huge wads of cash for the privilege.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Coat

Yup, a right pain in the arse for those involved.

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Apple needs silver bullet to slay App Store's escaped undead – study

james 68

Re: @Charles 9 (again)

You mean the apps provided by... Apple? If Apple is in a position where they are revoking and removing their own software because it has been abandoned by it's creator (hence the actual content of the article) then the owners of Iphones have bigger worries than Safari disappearing. Since Apple is so tied in to the Iphone their collapse would leave the users with barely functioning paperweights.

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@Charles 9 (again)

If they're only using it for phone calls then your argument is moot as they are not downloading apps.

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@Charles 9

To be relevant to this conversation then they are in possession of an internet connected device, these days that's pretty much the definition of "in a position to learn".

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james 68

Re: Should be a cardinal rule...

I would - better that they learn something from their mistakes than live in ignorance. Hell never mind their mistakes, better just that they learn something.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

james 68

Re: And it all works until...

I've seen that response before. PSU fails on a Sunday and the particular user is convinced that i should "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!"as opposed to a 35 min motorcycle journey to the office to swap it out for a spare. Would not believe that it could not be fixed without my actual physical presence in the office and on monday screamed all kinds of abuse to anyone who would listen that I was costing the company ridiculous amounts of money by both buying useless remote management software (which was actually opensource) and by insisting that I wanted to go to the office not because it was necessary but so that I could claim overtime. For those who haven't guessed he was a beancounter.

So... do tell "Lost all faith" are you also an overpaid, technologically ignorant beancounter? I'm curious because "Just log in from home dammit and fix the bloody thing!!" is a typical beancounter answer for everything.

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james 68

Re: Honeywell

I do believe that your argument has more to do with the Royal Enfields tendency to break down, spray oil everywhere and its crap electrics. Honda simply made a reliable bike, that was cheap, rugged and easy to fix with a hammer and a screwdriver.

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james 68

Re: And it all works until...

"What, Like when Google (who run Nest) bought out Revolv (a competitor) and then killed all the ones already sold? That sort of thing?"

Yes, exactly that sort of thing.

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james 68

Re: And it all works until...

Indeed, I want no part of anything which needs to connect to "the cloud" to function. Cloud = nebulous vapour, and frankly if it's something that I cant lay hands on to fix any issues then it is not fit for my purposes.

What do you do when the cloud service fails?

What about when the company running it decides to quit providing the service?

Can you ever be certain of the security measures that are in place and that security updates are applied in a quick and efficient manner?

Can you be certain that a future mandatory stealth update to the terms and conditions will not result in your details being sold willy nilly to all and sundry?

Sod that. If I run something then I run it and take responsibility for it.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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I know that Virgin media usually takes a flogging round these parts, but when I was living in Belfast I had their 150 Mbit fibre (no telly or phone, just the internet) and it was very fast.

Now 150 Mbit is supposed to be just under 19 Mbyte per second however I regularly got speeds of 25 - 30 Mbyte on downloads so I'm guessing that when the line is uncongested that Virgin happily upped the speeds to 300 ish Mbit.

Any time my speed was slow I can pretty much guarantee that it was due to the site I was connected to and not my line.

Now, in Japan on a 100 Mbit connection it is frustrating as hell, it crawls in comparison. I wish I had my old Virgin fibre line back. :-(

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AA battery-sized Arduino

james 68

Re: This is great...but get his name right...and link

It's the kind of sloppy "soundbite" reporting I am coming to expect from this author tbh. Surprised he didn't add in some fanciful make believe to spice it up a bit.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

james 68

Re: What's the worst that could happen?

Trump becomes president and all his businesses have access to that data... Every damn phone in the USA will be ringing 24/7 with obnoxious telemarketers, and it wont be long before blocking them will be made illegal or simply unpatriotic (unpatriotic according to the Don basicly means, you disagree with him so you have no rights or citizenship).

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Re: "The government has shown they have no respect for the law"

I'll just leave this here..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO5MYUajrzo

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

james 68

Re: Conspiracy nuts field day ..... was it a bird, was it a plane, was it Superman?

Because he's fulla balls and scaremongering about a contentious topic to increase site traffic.

"No one has yet been arrested, but police think the drone in question may have been launched from southwest London's Richmond Park. They searched the area for debris but haven't yet found anything." - so says every other news site.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

james 68

" Apple is an all american product ", I don't think that means what you think it means.

*cough*madeinchina*cough*

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