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Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

Paul 77

Re: @Numptyscrub. You were lucky...

Vaguely remember having a total of 6MB of SIP RAM in 80386sx (20MHz) running (don't laugh) Coherent.

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Paul 77
Coat

Re: @Numptyscrub. You were lucky...

Vaguely remember having a total of 6MB of SIP RAM in 80386sx (20MHz) running (don't laugh) Coherent.

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

Paul 77

Clonezilla?

Just a thought. Once you've got the installation done, maybe image to hard drive (or maybe a partition on the machine's hard drive) and take them through restoration? Probably won't need it, but I think its a "would be nice to have" in case TSHTF.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

Paul 77

More Pizza...

Yet another pizza joint in Staten Island, New York on the corner of Victory Boulevard and Jewett Avenue.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

Paul 77

Cool running laptop

I have a very nice (and cool) work laptop. It is a Lenovo T520. I'm typing on it right now. Other than not putting a foot wrong in the two years I have had it, it runs cool and has the best keyboard of any laptop I have ever used.

My only niggles are that you need an adapter to go from Displayport to HDMI (when I need to connect it to a large monitor/TV), and also that it doesn't have a particularly great graphics (i.e. I couldn't run a decent flight sim on it if I wanted to)-:

But for work purposes it is the bees knees. Oh yes, and it runs both Windows 7 and Linux Mint 15 (dualboot).

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Mosquitoes, Comets and Vampires: The de Havilland Museum

Paul 77

Re: Mosquito

Live at East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, and every so often the Lanc flies over the house - has to be said, thats a rather nice sound :-)

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Radio amateurs fret over G.fast interference

Paul 77

Re: In other words, the current spec only uses frequencies below 106 MHz

Just because it currently uses frequencies below 106MHz does not mean that you won't get significant harmonics above there.

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OAR-some! 18ft SEA SERPENT discovered off US coast

Paul 77

Re: what to do with a giant fish?

Was lucky enough to see one of these (alive) from a research ship in the south Atlantic - amazing! Got it on video too (with a a few expletives!) :-)

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El Reg Playmonaut soars to 113,000ft

Paul 77

Questions

So could you have legally fitted the glider with a radio control receiver so that it could ditch the should if you could see it on the way down and then glide?

What hoops do you have fo jump through in order fo use

amateur radio from HAbs etc in the UK now?

Thanks and well done!

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Ubuntu 13.10 to ship with Mir instead of X

Paul 77

Mir

I believe it was also the name (Mir1 and Mir2) given to two Russian submersibles.

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LOHAN chap to launch Raspberry Pi eye in the sky

Paul 77
Unhappy

aeronautical mobile operations

Yup,

I think it is silly that we're not allowed to use amateur radio from airborne devices. I have listened to a US Ham transmitting from an aircraft (on 14MHz) returning from a disaster relief operation in Haiti.

I can understand that they may wish to limit the power, and possibly dictate which bands are used (perhaps 430MHz and higher) so as to reduce the possibility of interference on a wide scale, but I cannot seen any reason for the current outright ban.

Paul (another radio amateur).

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Build a BONKERS gaming PC

Paul 77
Facepalm

"Amperage"???

Ummm... don't you mean "current"?

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Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?

Paul 77

Re: Private sector needs to show the public sector how it is done

I thought it was Lunar Excursion Module - LEM...

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Jam today: Raspberry Pi Ram doubled

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Go

Hmmm, well after months mine was despatched from RS on the 9th... Not seen it yet as I'm at sea, but I'm now hoping it will be a new one...

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Android app DRM quietly disabled due to bug

Paul 77
Happy

Re: Pffft

Ummm... X-Plane works very nicely on my Galaxy S3 :-)

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Satnav blunders blamed for £200m damages

Paul 77
Linux

Re: Re: Maps

I did wonder about that. Apparently you can use them on a Tom-Tom using OpenTom (http://opentom.org) , but I have not been brave enough to try it yet!

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Brit space agency sends up 1st satellite

Paul 77

deorbiting

UKube 1 has this spoiler thing which is designed to limit the time it can stay in orbit, so it won't be up there forever, getting in the way.

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The BBC Micro turns 30

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Thumb Up

Beebs still running :-)

Have a Master 128, B+64, B+128, 6502 2nd processor, Music 500, and a teletext adapter. What I would have loved to get my hands on was the 32016 2nd processor. Has anyone actually seen one? Haven't actually switched one on for a while. Real life and having a son seems to get in the way of doing "real" computing these days...

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first commercial flight

Paul 77
Alert

Lightning...

I'm still a little curious to see how well one of these handles a lighting storm...

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Stallman: Jobs exerted 'malign influence' on computing

Paul 77
Coat

Apple and openness...

I'm mostly into Linux, but I have scrounged an old PowerMac G5 and it is a beautifully put together piece of hardware - both inside and out.

That said I'm dismayed about the Apple app store Police, and will almost certainly not buy another iPod because (as others have already said) managing it is all but impossible without iTunes. This is a shame really. I do believe Apple could still succeed, as a company, purely on the design of its products, if they started using open standards. Please note: this doesn't mean they have to *support* use of iPods/iPhones/iPads under Linux, but they could at least make it possible by either using an existing open communication protocol, or documenting the protocols they use.

And yes, I know... Not strictly on topic. I'll stop waffling and leave now.

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LightSquared offers low-power olive branch to GPS

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Go

Well, even then you'd still have GLONASS, COMPASS and the very beginnings of a GALILEO constellation. And lets face it, its not gonna happen tomorrow.

My guess is that increasingly there will be receivers that can use all four systems to get a position. Hell you could get a combined GPS & GLONASS solution (Ashtech GG24) at least ten years ago.

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Oracle's Sparc T4 chip: Will you pay Larry's premium?

Paul 77
Linux

@bazza

Well, we had SunOS/Solaris workstations from Sun 3/60. through SPARCstation's 1/IPX/IPX/5/10/20, Ultra's 1/5/10 and Sun Blades 150 and 1500. It came time to replace the 1500's and... we couldn't. So we ended up getting a Sun Enterprise T5120 to run our stuff on. Problem is that we have some legacy stuff that will only run on SPARC, so we will have to keep it going for a while...

So, we are continuing to use the Sun Blade's as X terminals and to run some things.

I wonder if there's an open-source SPARC emulator that will run on an x86 Linux box... :-)

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Paul 77
Unhappy

But...

if they actually wanted to win back the science market they should consider building a workstation based on it... But I guess the days of the Sun workstation are permanently over...

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Police kill mobile phone service to squelch protest

Paul 77

My 2p's worth...

Hopefully it didn't happen, but suppose someone within one of these cell blackout zones suffered a heart attack, but help couldn't be summoned because of the lack of cell coverage, and the person ended up dead. I imagine it could be a rather interesting time in court for the railway people.

As for police with guns (which seems to have come up as a side-topic on this one) I believe that they should not be armed, other than in special circumstances. I travel to the US quite a bit (my other half is from there) and I am dismayed to see that even the people checking the passports of people from incoming international flights are armed. I honestly believe that the US should sort out its gun problem with the aim of eventually getting to the situation where regular police do not need to be armed with deadly weapons. Of course it will almost certainly never happen.

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LightSquared blasts GPS naysayers in FCC letter

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Stop

@BobC

Galileo still only being built - not operational.

Last time I checked (which was a while back) the operators of GLONASS (ex Soviets) were struggling to maintain a full constellation. I was on a research ship in the1990's which had an Ashtech GG24 GPS/GLONASS receiver. Just for a test I put it in GLONASS only mode. Did not get much coverage. The ship was operating between the UK and the high Arctic at that time.

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Nokia snubs UK with N9

Paul 77
FAIL

Such a shame

Well, I guess they won't sell many that way. But I suppose it means that there will be the odd one turning up on eBay, and that is probably where I will look to get one - if I do. Oh well, still have the N800 and N900 to play with :-)

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Reg readers ponder LOHAN's substantial globes

Paul 77
Go

Vectored Thrust

I'm with Chris Long, except that I don't believe you need to gymbal the whole engine, I think it might be possible to have a steerable thrust guide, sort of like a kort nozzle on a ships prop. I think that would get rid of the worry about flight control surfaces during the first phase of the flight - just leave them centred.

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PCTV NanoStick T2 USB TV tuner

Paul 77
Linux

Nag, nag, nag, bloody titles. Nag. If I'm replying shouldn't it do it for me?

I was gonna say exactly the same thing, but it looks like people are - even though its not perfect. Take a look at:

http://stevekerrison.com/290e/

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Nokia N9 joins next month's mobile match

Paul 77
Linux

I would love one...

If they weren't horrendously expensive. Yes, like others above I would have liked Nokia to have made Meego available on my N900 - which I still use and love. I bought it unlocked for an awful lot of money, but have used it on two different networks, so it has definitely been very useful.

I wonder how difficult it will be to unlock an N9... And how soon they will start appearing on eBay at sensible prices... And also, how long before someone ports Android to it :-)

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Ten... festival survival gadgets

Paul 77

Mosquito thingy

Bought one of these and used it in Bangalore a couple of years back and it DID work. I know because we forgot to turn it on one night.

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World IPv6 Day fails to kill the internet

Paul 77
Stop

I agree...

Yes, ISP''s have to take a lead on this, and once they offer an IPV6 service, then they have to shout about it, and make sure their customers know that it is available.

At present I run a Vigor 2820, and I understand that Draytek will not be upgrading the Firmware to deal with IPV6, so I will have to get a new router, and obviously there is no point in doing that until my ISP supports it.

Stop sign - for obvious reasons.

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1000 day wait for Sarah Palin emails nearly over

Paul 77
IT Angle

@Meanwhile

1 Are you saying the published birth certificate is fake?

2 What do his educational records have to do with the price of eggs?

3 Why do you care about his step-mother and half-siblings?

10 Personally I wouldn't want all my medical records to be released to all and sundry... Why do you want them?

13 Does he have to baptised to be president?

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Google to close pre-YouTube Video service

Paul 77

Ummm...

Why couldn't they simply move all the videos across to YouTube themselves? Can't be that difficult.

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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

Paul 77
Happy

I have one but...

Unfortunately the screen was damaged - the glass is actually cracked - whilst it was on its way to me.

Anyone know where I can get a replacement CRT? Or how I can actually hook up an external screen using that edge connector?

I do know that the computer itself actually worked (and I guess the review who wrote the article can try this too), because I hooked up a terminal to the serial port and used something like:

stat con:=tty:

It may not have been *exactly* that command, but it was something similar. Different CP/M boxes called their serial ports by different names.

Great article though. Please, someone, do one on the RML-380Z - I have a non-working one of those too :-(

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It's the oldest working Seagate drive in the UK

Paul 77
Happy

<sigh>A title - why doesn't it automatically put a title in when you reply?

Hmmm,

I thought MFM wasn't an interface type... There was ST-506 (SASI?), ESDI, the old narrow SCSI that I used during my early career.

But I do remember bodging of IRQ's, including the use of 16bit IRQ's on an 8 bit ISA card... I'm fairly sure little bits of wire and solder were utilised. You could do things then that you probably couldn't get away with now because of the much higher clock speeds.

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Why Nokia failed: 'Wasted 2,000 man years' on UIs that didn't work

Paul 77
WTF?

You cannot be serious!!

"At the very least I can see this leading to WP7 taking a lead position in the business market."

Where I work, the people who are given mobile devices for business are currently ALL given Blackberries. The previous phones were all iPhone 3GS units. Nokia & Android not even in the running. I think when it comes to business, RIM have got a very solid product that gets the basics right *for business* - not as a toy, and they will not surrender that position easily - if at all. I think pressure from employees may give a reasonable share of the business market to the iPhone, but I don't think Microsoft will be able to make much impact.

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Paul 77
Unhappy

I agree... Why?

I will never understand why they did not want to continue development of Maemo. Like you I own an N900 (which I bought, unlocked as soon as it came out!) as well as the older N800, which I still occasionally use. But Maemo seems to have stopped all development, other than a little maintenance of some apps by 3rd party developers, so I'm seriously thinking about sticking Android on the N900 - someone has already done the hard work.

Like you, right now, I can't see me ever buying Nokia again. Great shame.

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BOFH: This buck's for you

Paul 77
Thumb Up

This is my title. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

Thank goodness - seems like ages since the last one...

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German Foreign Office kills desktop Linux, hugs Windows XP

Paul 77
Unhappy

A shame, but...

There are some things I *need* Windows for (bespoke database software + timesheet software). So, at work, the primary OS is Linux Mint, with Virtual Box allowing me to run Windows XP and Windows 7 when I need to.

As with many organisations(I imagine) many of the forms I have to fill in are now Word or Excel documents, and I've filled all these in with OpenOffice. Not a problem.

But not all workers are going to want the relative hassle of operating virtualisation software to run a few nasty Windows apps, so I can see that it might just be easier to revert to XP :-(

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Mozilla: 'Internet Explorer 9 is not a modern browser'

Paul 77
Stop

This is my title. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

There is one BIG problem with IE. The fact that it basically only operates on one platform. If you're running on Linux or Solaris, then its just not an option.

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Norway to probe Sony's PS3 Linux 'downgrade'

Paul 77
Unhappy

Not just gaming...

It wasn't just gaming that needed the firmware update to work. The LoveFilm program wouldn't work without the update, which is why we ended up doing it.

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Small but lethal Lethic is biggest junk mail villain

Paul 77
Linux

Tools

I think there needs to be, either at the ISP level or higher simple tools that people can use to see if their machine is sending out SPAM. I can't be that difficult for an ISP to profile its users by the amount of traffic on port 25 (or maybe secure SMTP, which I can't remember the number for), and then maybe look a little more closely at the people who are sending unreasonably large amounts of traffic.

Presumably at the higher level, people do notice the IP addresses where much of this traffic is coming from, and there could be a web site like, amIazombie.com or something, which looks at your IP address (in the same way bandwidth checkers do), compares it with a list of known bots/zombies/whatever you want to call them and says yes or no.

Or am I wandering around with my eyes closed and these already exist?

Tux, 'cause there's less chance of a Linux machine being got :-)

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Bruce Willis relaxes as asteroid skims Singapore

Paul 77
Grenade

Its a title, Jim, but not as we know it...

It does if you decide to nuke him from Orbit (its the only way to be sure).

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Paul 77
Stop

No mission!

Of course they're getting rid of all the shuttles, so we won't be able to send two up with Bruce to sort it all out when the Big One comes!

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'We Want Two' Navy carrier plan pondered by Cabinet

Paul 77

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Nope, not the Aghulas, but I don't want to tell you for reasons that would become obvious if I did :-)

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Paul 77

A new Harrier perhaps?

I do get annoyed that the only options for aircraft are US... It would be nice if we could actually have an aircraft industry in the UK, that did not just put aircraft together from kits bought from other nations.

I wonder if either of the following is possible:

a) develop a new harrier with more use of composite materials, which would hopefully make it lighter and more stealthy. Because it would be lighter it would be able to carry a heavier weapons load, or more fuel. It would probably still not be supersonic, but it could probably still be very useful in the ground attack or air support role.

b) develop a tailhook version of the Typhoon. I'm sure I'm seeing this from a very simplistic standpoint, but apart from the tailhook and strengthened undercarriage, what changes would need to be made? Don't we have some of these in mothballs somewhere, that we could use as development aircraft?

Just thoughts from someone sitting on a (non naval) ship in the South Atlantic...

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OpenOffice files Oracle divorce papers

Paul 77
Unhappy

Oh dear

I do hope they change it back to Open Office in the long term. I can't understand why Oracle would have any problem with this project, so why the need for a change of name?

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Vulture 1: Plane plans planned

Paul 77
Go

Seconded!!

If I'm *actually* in the country at the time, and it doesn't happen around the time a certain happy event (i.e. the birth of our child) is happening, I would love to have a go at tracking it. Any ideas of a launch site for the actual flight yet?

73!

Paul.

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Undead Commodore 64 comes back for Christmas

Paul 77
Linux

BBC Micro SD card interface?

I saw a picture of a BBC Micro hooked up to an SD card, and I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find details of how to build the interface (I'm guessing it uses the 1MHz bus), as I've not been able to find details online so far.

Thanks!

Paul.

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Electric mass-driver catapults to beat Royal Navy cuts?

Paul 77
Stop

But...

Might it not be possible to have a carrier version of the Typhoon or Tornado? I seem to remember a bunch of Typhoons were going to be bought to spend most of their time sitting in a hangar. If so, surely a couple could be used as development aircraft to testnew undercarriage and arrestor hook arrangement.

I would have thought a Tornado could be turned into a pretty good carrier aircraft because of its variable geometry.

But I'm not an expert in these things. And yes, I know it would cost money, but I would imagine that much of this money would be spent in the UK, rather than elsewhere :-)

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