* Posts by James 51

2230 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Microsoft: We're hugging trees to save the 'world'

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There's going to be only so many places that can meet those criteria. Solar heat works by using mirrors to focus sunlight and heat salt so it's not necessary to have it in a hot place. There are things like green roofs that can lower the temperature of the building.

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It should be possible to stick data centres were power sources like geo-thermal and solar heat can take up the bulk of the strain. That would do a lot to lower the impact of energy demand.

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Cisco preps the P45s for 500 unlucky UK staffers

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Stuff like this drives me crazy. They are selling more and making more money, what's to stop them doing this and the new thing at the same time? By axing staff now they are limiting their ability to grow the profits in the places they are already doing business. If I was a major shareholder I'd be asking to have the borg's heads examined.

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EU U-turns on mobile roaming fees: No 90-day cap after all

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I can see the data being bought in one country and used in another but the calls and texts are normally to the home country i.e. with three or vodafone you get the calls and texts to the UK with the roam like home thing. If you live in Ireland or France and you had a UK sim, you'd still pay international rates to call people in Ireland or France.

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

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There is a sale on shop blackberry at the moment. A Passport SE for less than £300 and a Priv for £400. Just bought a S6, wished I had waited a week (even if I do like the (gimmicky) VR).

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Microsoft cuts ribbon on Euro cloud bit barn for Office 365, Azure

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Surely if we sign up to and implement every piece of data privacy legislation we'll be able to shift data in and out without any problems (assuming of course we don't have to (or choose to) hand it over to anyone else who doesn't sign up to everything). Just cause we're taking back control doesn't mean we don't have to do as we are told. We're just choosing to obey now instead of having a say in what the orders were in the first place.

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Conviction by computer: Ministry of Justice wants defendants to plead guilty online

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Allowing for profit companies to create the rigged system they will used to rake in fees, sounds like Kafka's novels had a fling with 1984 then fell into someone's in tray.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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I have looked at Jolla but the problems with the tablet and limited production runs of the phone have made me wary of buying a handset directly. A fairphone with Jolla is a better bet.

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I'd love a blackberry passport but BB10 is getting only security releases from now on and without a removable battery it's only a matter of time before it dies anyway (when my Q10 died I was able to stick a new battery in my seven year old n900 and start using it). I was thinking about getting a galaxy s6 for the VR but I that's google. Can get a lumia 950 with a continunm dock for £250 and it has a replaceable battery but I can't find out what it's phoning home about, how to stop it and it won't work with my pebble watch. A oneplus3 with cyanogen is looking increasing likely (I can compromised on the micro sd if the memory is that high).

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Post-Brexit UK.gov must keep EU scientists coming, say boffins

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Now we've 'taken control back' we can put criteria like if you're smart you can come over. Of course that is if May (and every PM that follows her) thinks that the Breixteers can stomach brain draining experts from other countries instead of blowing raspberries as them from the white cliffs of Dover.

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VMware eases Windows Mobile 10's turn-your-phone-into-a-PC pain

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If I could run stuff like scrivener, calibre and sigil that would be the USP of widows 10 mobile. Even of they had to go to intel for the CPUs (do intel still sell the mobile version of their chips?).

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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I was thinking of getting a new phone. A one plus three, a galaxy s6 or a Priv looked good. This story reminded though why I don't trust Google anymore. Silver edition passport it is. Or maybe a 950XL a it has been replaceable battery but need to check level of spyware baked into windows 10 mobile.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

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Instant kudos for the work on the psion. Didn't know about their wearable stuff. Genuinely interesting, particularly if they aren't slurping data left right and centre.

Looking the the pebble forums people are up in arms about the latest update and the health stuff in brought it. I wish pebble had left well enough alone. At the moment I'd love one of the new times but not at the cost of having to put up with less useful firmware.

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NHS health apps project plan: Powered by your medical records

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No, well below its market value and they shouldn't be selling it in the first place.

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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True, hadn't thought of that. Although you'd hope that they'd handle any problems responsibly (I know I know).

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I'd love the option of buying a system without Windows 10 preinstalled but if you walked into Currys/PC World (I know most people here are more likely to go to more specialist suppliers or build their own) and say you didn't accept the EULA and wanted it removed and refunded or returned they'd look at you like you'd grown a third head and tell you to go away.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

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Re: synergy...

Airstrip One FTW!

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Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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Smart watches can be very useful. I'm happy with my first gen pebble steel. Not so keen on the later version that have all the fitness nonsense shoehorned in though.

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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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Having to rely on my N900 atm, still a great phone. Only problem I have with it now is sourcing reliable batteries and having to use all modern websites through Opera mini to get them to work.

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Lose a satellite? Us? China silent on fate of Gaofen civilian/spy sat

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I am sure that all the citizens were patriotic enough to get out of the way of any debris (and not spread false information and rumours, even if it did happen and they can prove it).

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Brexit must not break the cloud, Japan tells UK and EU

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Re: @ dan1980

Iceland has never been a member of of EU. It is in the EEA but has never left it.

If you're attitude is a deal at any price the UK is going to be taken advantage of with th removal of any clothing. The terms are the all important thing. The EU imposing tariffs on dumped steel is going to b b more effective deterant than if the UK tries the same thing along.

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Re: @ dan1980

The common market gives the EU the mass needed to wrestle with Chinese and US without getting squashed like a small, annoying insect.

Free movement of capital without free movement of people would be a nightmare for those trapped in the capital flight countries. People need to go were the jobs are. Imagine if everyone who lived north of the M25 wasn't allowed to move to or work within it.

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I had a long angry response but decided to boil it down to a simple example.

Lets imagine you are a business man and earn £100 a year. You pay £10 a year into a club and get £5 a year back in direct benefits (we'll ignore indirect benefits at the moment as they are harder to measure). You decide that you'd rather not spend that £5 and decide to leave the club. Afterwards, members of the club who want to make sure that other members don't leave (and some are thinking about competing for the business you had sown up before) decide to take an economic hit and not provide goods and services on the same terms as before which costs you £5 a year. Other people outside of the club begin to wonder at your judgement and increase the price of goods and services they provide because they are pricing in risk or decide to take advantage of your new, reduced circumstances and that costs you another £5 a year. Now, although you aren't paying the fee you have £90, not the £100 you thought you would have. If you pay for the £5 in benefits that you were getting before, you have £85. See? Simples.

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Next Mars landing scheduled for Monday, November 26th, 2018

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I am guessing attaching a fan with a tiny radioactive heat source to power it isn't going to do the job of keeping the panels clean. Nor wipers either for that matter.

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YouTube breaks Sony Bravias

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Didn't buy a smart tv to watch youtube but it does help keep the kids entertained and takes less electricity than running the 360 or xbox one. Stuff like this does annoy me though. There is no reason for google to cut them off, it's still capable of playing videos so what's their agenda?

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: Or the Russians haven't updated their website yet

You are one of Putain's trolls and I claim my five rubles.

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London's Francis Crick Institute will house 1,250 cancer-fighting boffins

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Heard one of them (boffins who have moved in) on radio 4 saying that Brexit was going to cost them £10,000,000 a year in funding. Not sure if it was just their program or the entire centre. Either way I hope that a way is found (direct funding from about five hours of EU funding from Whitehall would do it nicely) to plug the gap so they can focus on the science (as much as modern bureaucracy allows). After all, these people are working on something everyone directly or indirectly will benefit from, it shouldn't be a hard (c)ell.

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Top digital Eurocrat issues non-denial about hyperlink non-tax

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From http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/the-lisbon-treaty/treaty-on-European-union-and-comments/title-6-final-provisions/137-article-50.html:

3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

Just repealing the 1972 European Communities Act is not enough to get the UK out of the EU. There are international treaties holding the UK in the EU and repealing that Act won't undo them. BTW Article 50 does stipulate future relationship, not just trade and if parliament is the route out of the EU then May can't just invoke Article 50 by herself as she has claimed.

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Not sure if you're a troll or have just forgotten to take the dried frog pills but going to given you the benefit of the doubt and assume it's the latter.

The problem with your metaphor about the boat anchor is that anchors provide stability in stormy seas and prevent your boat from moving when you want it to stay put. They can also be drawn up when you want to go somewhere.

We don't leave the day Article 50 is involved, we leave at the earliest two years afterwards. That deadline could be extended but for many reasons such as electoral cycles and future planning of EU programs that isn't going to happen. You could pretend that it is otherwise but then you're inviting the UK to experience a world of pain as every country in the EU retaliates (it's still our single biggest trading partner) and every other sane country in the world wonders if being mates with the new nutter on the block who thinks nothing of breaking contracts and going back on agreements is such a good idea.

Just sign a trade deal the next day? You do realise those things take years to negotiate and the UK doesn't have the personal to negotiate one much less do dozens or hundreds with the whole world simultaneously and if the other side thinks they have an advantage over the UK that deal might be a lot less sweet than you expect. Legally the UK isn't suppose to be negotiating with other countries until we leave i.e. in two years. Lets not forget the financial markets in France and Germany have a lot to gain if they can managed to sideline London. If they can convince their governments they can make up the difference in any trade lost to the UK they might actually push for quite harsh terms. If London wants to keep trading with the rest of the EU on passporting terms that is going to mean accepting everything the Brexiters said they rejected the EU for but now we'll have no control over how it is shaped in the future and the financial sector is the single biggest contributor to the tax base in the UK.

Frau Merkel needs the agreement of 26 other heads of state for the EU side of the arrangement. That's 26 very different cats with very different agendas. As much as rags like the Daily Heil like to portray the EU as a neo-Nazi plot to take over Europe (and then the World!) she isn't a dictator and can't force them to obey her every diktat.

EU directives and 'laws' are enacted in the UK via acts of parliament. The day after we leave the EU all those laws will still be in place and personally, I don't want the safety laws saying the dyes used in children's clothing has to be non-toxic and the clothes themselves have to be non-flammable to be repealed. Can you give me an example of the ten you would repeal first? Besides, trading with the EU means making things to EU standards anyway so you're getting rid of a lot less regulation than you think.

The Supreme Court has never been 'supreme'. It was the house of lords which was the 'supreme' court in the land before we joined the EU but we were still members of the ECHR so it isn't as 'supreme' as you imagine or would like it to be.

A good rant does wonders to get the blood flowing in the morning.

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Following that logic PM May has not been elected and therefore should not trigger Article 50.

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The only way the EU can be more directly democratic is if we cut out the middle man. Instead of citizen talks to country, country talks to EU we go to citizen talks to EU. Can you see politicians readily giving up more power and becoming smaller fish in a bigger pond? It also amazes me that people forget we elect our government to act on our behalf in the EU. For all the problems it has, at some point someone we have elected has signed on the dotted line.

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Lenovo's tablet with a real pen, Acer's monster laptop, Samsung Galaxy S3 watch

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Re: Yoga 'virtual' keyboard

Just crying out to be combined with e-ink keys for low power draw and could use LED side lighting. Or use e-paper like the pebble watches.

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Sounds like if they reduced the cost of the Gear watch by 50% it would almost be ready to go to to toe with Pebble.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

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Re: Well at least

Should change your handle to Vorland's right hand.

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Net neutrality activists claim victory in Europe

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Could always try to tax the CO2 emissions but given the health benefits and reduced costs to the NHS from the health improvements it would be counter productive. Perhaps we should all be paid to cycle instead.

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I know it's pedantic but as you forgot the joke icon, road tax was scrapped seventy nine years ago. Vehicle excise duty is treated as general taxation and there is not a direct link between V.E.D. and spending on roads or other infrastructure.

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Deep inside Nantero's non-volatile carbon nanotube RAM tech

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Re: Space

I know but if it is robust against other forms of damage you'd hope that given the strength of bonds between the atoms it will be resistant to radiation as well. Plus there's stuff like the rovers on Mars were it could be a toss up between radiation and longevity.

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I am shocked, shocked an appalled that no one has mentioned the space industry yet. Think of all the times that memory problems have been issues for rovers or satellites. Plus if it needs less power then that's more for communications or propulsion.

We need a rocket icon.

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Astronauts sequence DNA in space for the first time

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“It is very exciting to be with you guys together at the dawn of genomics biology and systems biology in space," she said.

Every time I read something like this it makes me cringe. It reeks of someone in PR with a quote template that has mated with a jargon dictionary.

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Replacing humans with robots in your factories? Hold on just a sec

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Re: Scary

The speculation is that when processes are automated to the point mass unemployment is problem either the robots will be so productive they can provide for everyone or the businesses will be taxed and provide a minimum level of income for the unemployed. Basically either Atlantis or Mega City One depending on your reading material and view of human nature.

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EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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Re: EE and PAYG vermin

That's why dual sim phones are a good idea (and why networks hate them).

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Sprint learns that a 'rebate' includes paying people money

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We value our customers money.

FTFY.

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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Re: Who's driving?

Judging by the number of problems that seem to be I/O related I am guessing that there were a lot of changes in this area that haven't been communicated to the hundreds or thousands of companies that create hardware and software and this is the resulting mess. Unless MS is taking a break everything and move fast approach to development.

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You'd hope as they hold the patent that MS would know how to do this. If not they can ask one of their licensees.

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There are problems with Kobo ereaders as well:

http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/windows-10-anniversary-update-is-incompatible-with-kobo-e-readers

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

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I wish the fair phone was more affordable. Microphone is going in my Q10 and have fallen back on my trusty N900 (case is cracked in a few places but still holding it together).

BTW does anyone else have 69 minutes to edit their posts now?

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Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

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Re: Lofty goals

Keep it small might allow reuse , single purpose modules but Swiss knife utility classes are broken down.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

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Re: Simple is best

We have a PM who wants out of the ECHR which was designed primary by British lawyers to prevent governments doing to their people what fascists and communist governments of the early to mid-twenty century did to their own people. I put us in the East Berlin side of that equation.

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Re: Simple is best

For that value of 'just' people would be dying for decades if not centuries to come in England as well as Ireland. Here's one reason why:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_Covenant#The_Covenant_.28for_men.29

Here's the most relevant bit:

'And in the event of such a Parliament being forced upon us, we further solemnly and mutually pledge ourselves to refuse to recognise its authority. In sure confidence that God will defend the right, we hereto subscribe our names.'

Or as my history teacher put it, 'We'll kill the king's soldiers and members of the King's government to remain loyal to the King.' Force a reunited effort (in contradiction of the Good Friday Agreement, various treaties between the UK and ROI and in violation of EU law) and it will be loyalist terrorism that will be boosting the construction industry.

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Honor 8: Huawei targets millennials with high-spec cheapie. 3 words – Food pic mode

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I am guessing that the battery is fixed which is a pity. I know the advantages but when my phone's battery started to fade I was able to get another no problem. My son dropped it and the battery can get a bit hot now so thinking about getting another replacement just in case (four year old phone struggling with demanding websites and apps is more probable cause).

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