* Posts by Natalie Gritpants

437 posts • joined 9 May 2007

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Just for you townies...

2nd car picture is a classic T-bone accident.

Also in the 1st it looks like the occupants of the car would have survived.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Natalie Gritpants

It's money well spent to keep the principles of UK law and justice alive. There is an upper limit on what it will cost: for the taxpayer the max cost will be £10m * his remaining life span; for Mr Assange the max cost is his life.

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MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats

Natalie Gritpants

Re: A Digital Garbage Dump

You need to think a bit more meta. Each data may be worth $0 and if you add them all up you still get $0 but their presence is not worth $0. It's the cost of doing business for Facebook. If they start deleting stuff they will be replaced by the next social media start-up that does not. I am glad they are figuring out how to minimize the power consumption, not for Facebook but for the human race.

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Flash banishes the spectre of the unrecoverable data error

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Voodoo math

Yes, I think the maths is off. My puny system should have died by now (several times over).

It's 4TB of JBOD with backups. Every Saturday morning a cron job runs an MD5 checksum over all the files. It hasn't detected any random changes in about three years. The last time it did I replaced the disk and restored form backup. With this maths I should be getting an error every three weeks.

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While AMD, Apple et al thrash around, chippery fat-cat TSMC is grinning all the way to the bank

Natalie Gritpants

Racing to 10nm

Not much point for most of their customers. Those sizes can be very hard to keep the power down and you can fit something like a PDP11 in less than a 1mm square.

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

Natalie Gritpants
Boffin

Hope you have a backup system too. That you've tested recovery on.

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Newly merged Chinese taxi-hailing app now valued at $9 BEEELLION

Natalie Gritpants

I can think of a name

Kuadidi Dache

Hope I've not insulted someone's mother.

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Care.data refuseniks will be DENIED CANCER SCREENING invites

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Nothing wrong here

Downvoted you because berk is not used enough. I would like to see more uses of the word wazzock too.

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Google unveils Windows 8.1 zero-day vuln – complete with exploit code

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Good on them for releasing information about the vulnerability

Releasing the proof of concept will help the person trying to fix this bug to test if the fix is effective with the person affected. If you don't release the proof of concept there is no guarantee that the fix that is eventually provided is actually a fix since it will rely on the fixer guessing at how to provoke the bug.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

Natalie Gritpants

FFS

My priorities when a friend has a loss in the family is:

1) Go around and give them a hug

2) Telephone at an appropriate time

3) Write a letter

I don't see a dislike button being much use to anyone.

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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

Natalie Gritpants

"You can’t long stare out at daylight without feeling dazzled"

You need to get out more. Really out, not in the car.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

Natalie Gritpants

There are two types of people who store data on computers

Those that have lost data and those that are going to lose data.

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Intel 'underestimates error bounds by 1.3 QUINTILLION'

Natalie Gritpants

God, keep me from harm and working on FPUs

The problem lies in guys like me having to make transistors give you an answer in a small amount of time and guys like him expecting results regardless of how long it would take. Intel have now sensibly fixed the documentation to explain what really happens.

Intel's PI is 66 bits and Bruce is asking for sin(0.0000001) where the number of zeroes is about 80 bits. Not suprisingly the answer is correct to 0.000001 (65 bits of zero) but huge relative to 0.00001(80 bits of zero)

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Natalie Gritpants

Re: Ulp!

Well, it would have been made of wood since he is a carpenter. No problem adjusting wood to fit. Might have been more useful too.

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

Natalie Gritpants

Could we have some screenshots on a widescreen monitor

Can you have the taskbar on the side?

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Making things simple

Don't get too smug, you will have bugs in there.

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

Natalie Gritpants

Thay can meaningful;yy engage with me anytime

£100k and I'll say whatever they want.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

Natalie Gritpants

Re: "I spent a few months ripping and selling off all my CDs."

You mean pirating.

Seriously, if you sell the music you paid for you should no longer listen to it. (morally or legally)

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EMC, HP blockbuster Borg: Big potential or total CATASTROPHE?

Natalie Gritpants

HP going for the record in writedowns

Maybe you can't writedown a merger, but that $8b Autonomy is looking shaky if this happens.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

Natalie Gritpants

Re: sigh

Reduce the amount of motion blur by a factor of 8 - duh

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

Natalie Gritpants

So now the iPhone 6 is available at phones4zombies.com

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Natalie Gritpants

Just look up on a dark clear winter night in the countryside. Space is mostly cold, dark and empty.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

Natalie Gritpants

Siri, how do I make a phone call?

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

Natalie Gritpants

Re: citóg

Another right handed left mouse one here. My dressage trainer made me switch the mouse to the left. Helped my riding and less back pain.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

Natalie Gritpants

Windows 7 End of Life

Wouldn't having WIndows 9 and WIndows 8.x on sale mean that Windows 7 would be the third oldest OS version and that Microsoft would not have to maintain it anymore. I may be wrong but XP has been shot and Vista is on the naughty step and if a new major revision comes out that will mean Vista will be dead and Windows 7 not recommended anymore?

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Roll up for El Reg's 3G/4G MONOPOLY DATA PUB CRAWL

Natalie Gritpants

Suspicious behaviour

Wandering around highly populated areas with a rucksack with aerials, it's a wonder you didn't get a couple of bullets to the head.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Natalie Gritpants

@dan1980

Agreed, silly string is the best weapon. Short bursts so you can't be traced.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

Natalie Gritpants

The buggers have sketched my house!

Must get the left hand side checked for subsidence.

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Tiny transforming bots: Meet these self-assembling 'thoughtful' droids

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Link

Also that vodeo contains a rare sighting of the fast moving superhero: Interlaceman.

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

Natalie Gritpants

Disappointed

Riding around city blocks is too easy, I was expecting him to have ridden around in the desert.

And another thing, he didn't dot the i.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Natalie Gritpants

Re: aware of the benefits of 4K

Never heard of anyone doing this but you could use a 4k screen to show 1080p with 30 bit per pixel colour. You have 4 24 bit pixels per source pixel and you can dither to get an extra 2 bits per channel per source pixel.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Natalie Gritpants

Re: those ... sofas?

Those are polished turds.

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BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu

Natalie Gritpants

Confession time

I drive in the middle lane sometimes. If it's very quiet it gives you two lots of cats-eyes to thud across while sleeping before you hit something. Other times the left lane is so deeply rutted by lorries that it's hard to keep a straight line.

Most of the time I stick to the fast lane as it feels safer, no idiots on the right and the speed differences are less than in the other two lanes.

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

Natalie Gritpants

"Something like a wireless light switch might be much easier to install"

I live in a house with no hallway so several rooms have more than one doorway. It's old but funnily enough there are light switches next to each doorway that were put in when it was last rewired (years ago). The exception is the bedrooms which have a IR remote near the bed (no installation required).

I can't see light switches being the must-have feature that drives this.

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Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

Natalie Gritpants

I've copyrighted the layout of my local plumber merchant

Scratched and dirty lino floor, faded prints on the wall, a big counter with no-one behind it when you walk in. After a five minute delay a customer service representative (in grubby brown overcoat thing) walks in and then walks out. Five minutes after that they come out again and speak to you in Dothrakian.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Silly sod

Are you sure? Sounds like he a least knows how to make a system secure against police investigations.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

Natalie Gritpants

Screw wireless lets build big Scalextric

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

Natalie Gritpants

Propellers going backwards

Irony?

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Mogpiss Monday Blues

Elephants don't go over walls, they go through them.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

Natalie Gritpants

Nice attempt by some commentards

to figure out how to do it with cameras and shelf weight sensors. How do you cope with this? I take the 4 pint milk out to pour on my breakfast, close the door, slosh my weetabix and milk my coffee, turn on the microwave and then put the milk back in the fridge. Sometimes I forget to put the milk back until after eating. Have I just ordered another 4 pints of milk?

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Wedding tackle started out as PROTO-SHARKS' LEGS, boffins say

Natalie Gritpants

Looks like fun

Must see if I can get a pair of placoderm suits for the weekend

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

Natalie Gritpants

Re: NHS air ambulances

The government would love to run the air ambulance service but luckily the people involved know what happens when government bureaucrats start to run things and won't play ball. Bit like the coastguards.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

Natalie Gritpants

The poor is where the money is

Not much per person but there are so many of them

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EE boffin: 5G will be the LAST WORD in mobe tech – literally

Natalie Gritpants

My nearest lamppost is 400m away

Never mind, 2G works OK-ish

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95 floors in 43 SECONDS: Hitachi's new ultra-high-speed lift

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Needs sounds effects...

Yes, the lift is airtight. You do not want to be standing next to the doors when it gets to the top floor.

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

Natalie Gritpants

"I live in a solidly built Victorian house"

Only if you've had the bay window underpinned.

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

Natalie Gritpants
FAIL

Fixing an airborne aircraft

No-one has ever built an aircraft that cannot be landed and maintained. If your IT is in this state you only have yourself to blame. Plenty of other IT services have planned maintenance downtime. If yours does not have this feature you should resign and let someone competent take over.

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Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

Natalie Gritpants

Interesting that the penguin is centre stage

but the laptops for the other OSes are open. Maybe Tux's lappy is like the Arc of the Covenant, the contents are so spiffy you will burst into flames if you look upon them.

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Amazon Workspaces: A dish best served later

Natalie Gritpants

Re: Typical useless Microsoft product

Can't speak for the android or chrome desktops but I've been using remote desktops on Linux for about twenty years, there were occasional glitches in keyboard input but zero problems in the last decade.

Not what I'd call a troll.

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Sticky Tahr-fy pudding: Ubuntu 14.04 slickest Linux desktop ever

Natalie Gritpants

Top bars are bollox

Fitts law is OK when it comes to being easy to whiz to the file menu, but it doesn't address the larger distance who have to go to get the pointer back to where it started after you have done the file/thing menu pick.

Sidebars are much better for saving vertical space. WIndows 7 and KDE do the rather well, mate is OK ish, xfce and gnome were rubbish last time I checked.

Window resizing - meh, been in most X window managers for over twenty years.

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