* Posts by Steve Davies 3

2092 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

Google exec and avid climber dies on Mount Everest

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Spare a thought for the Nepali people

For a good number of them what little they had has been destroyed.

The Gurkha Community here in the UK are already organising some relief efforts. Some of them have families close to the epicentre of the quake. Some of my neighbours are Gurkha's.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: Tax assets instead of profits

1%? What planet are you living on?

What is the current interest rate paid to savers? 1-2% (2% if you are lucky)

So taking 1% of that away will decrease the rate paid to savers by 1%. Some accounts already offer less than 1% rate before tax.

What happens then sunshine?

Perhaps I'd be better off drawing all my retirement savings out as cash and putting it under the mattress? I'd probably get a better return anyway.

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Oracle's Hurd says 95% of its software will be cloud services this year

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Just another excuse

to hike their prices to pay for Larry's new Island.

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Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

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Re: Supply and demand

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It is a huge pain getting all you old data onto a new machine, and making sure that the software you need

A problem that some other Operating Systems have largely solved but with Windows everything is so tied together and mixed up.

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Don't worry MS Shareholders - we have a cunning plan!

Dear MS Shareholder,

We are trully sorry for these very dissappoining results. Don't worry as we have a plan to increase our revenues and profits again.

As you may know, we have already announced price rises for MS-Sharepoint, MS-Exchange and other server related products. Today, we announce that these price rises will be imposed as of today and will increase by 10% accross the board.

We are confident that the extra revenues will return our profitability to previous levels within the next reporting period.

Yours

Sataya, Captain of the good ship Titanic (a.k.a Microsoft)

See Icon but is it really that far fetched?

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Industry infighting means mobile users face long delays on UK trains

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2nd Class?

3rd Class or Steerage if you ask me. (wasn't is 2nd class that got abolished in the early days of BR?)

Normal mobile coverage on trains is more of a problem than the article makes out.

1) Still lots of NOT SPOTS even within 40 miles of The house of fools (Westminster)

2) What about those NOT SPOTS called tunnels?

Coming into Kings Cross you travel through Gaswork Tunnel. Just when lots of cattle (sorry passengers) want to make calls they can't. The same applies in many cities. Brum (New St), Edinburgh, Glasgow (Queen St) etc etc.

A mega Aerial won't solve that little problem not will it?

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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FOSS is the Devil in the Microsoft World

despite their overtures towards it.

FOSS can't be controlled in the same was other vendors can.

Microsoft do look at the environment that Apple have created for the iPhone/iPad/iPod and want to copy it. But even Apple has developer access. If they didn't then how would the gazillion apps for the iPhone etc be created.

As a developer, the first thing I'll do is work out how to bypass this. I have apps that will never get signed my Microsoft. I'm certainly not going to pay them a fee for developing programs for my own use. I know that I'm not alone there.

If you can't bypass the signing then MS will be signing (sic) their own death warrant.

Even on Crapple MacBook etc systems, I can code an application and run it without signing.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: To be fair...

US Officialdom does not have a sense of humour. They ALL have it surgically removed when signing up for their job.

So don't even try to make a jobe with them. It will fall flat on its face and could even lead to more charges against you.

This is how a simple traffic stop could end up in you being killed for no good reason.

"He argued with me by saying that he wasn't doing 37 in a 35 zone. So I took that as resisting arrest. When he didn't stop talking I shot the perp."

"Well Bubba, that looks like another star for your patrol car door. That is a good kill."

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Don't worry, Apple hypegasms haven't gone in the WRISTJOB ERA

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Re: Apple Stores ?

A worse experience?

Try going into a Microsoft Store and finding that that staff outnumber the customers 15:1

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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Coming soon....

Dear Customer/Sucker,

We notice that you are making calls from your movile device that are outside the scope of your calling plan. From the 1st of the next month you will be unable to continue this activity within your current plan.

We recommend that you upgrade to the 'Super Expensive VOIP - 48 month Plan[1]' without delay.

Yours

Suckers Only Mobile Company plc

[1] To exit from this plan before the 48 month contract has expired an exit fee equal to Six Months rental will be levied.

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AssangeTM ♥s dictator Kim Jong-un say Sony Pictures' lawyers

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Remember SCO?

David Boise was involved with that case as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Boies

And in particular

- Boies was retained by the SCO Group, during the SCO-Linux controversies, in their pursuit of alleged infringement of their rights to the Unix intellectual properties.

- Boies was the lead counsel for Oracle Corporation in its lawsuit against Google on the use of Java (programming language) technology in the Android (operating system). The case decided that Google did not infringe on Oracle's patents.

Great track record Sir!

you really must be worth your $1000/hour

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Apple will cut down 36,000 acres of forest in 'conservation scheme'

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Re: How Green is my Apple

From the article

The fruity folk's partnership with the Conservation Fund is described as mutually beneficial. In chopping down thousands of trees to make paper packaging, we're told, "Apple is [displaying its commitment] to zeroing out that impact by using paper more efficiently, increasing recycled paper content, sourcing paper sustainably, and conserving acreage of working forests around the world equivalent to its virgin paper footprint."

Yep, it must be a teacher training day.

Apple (boo hiss) are merely safeguarding the supply of timber for their use. So that when next their Environment Audit is done they can tick a few more boxes and appease the tree huggers for their otherwise flagrant use of the Earth's recources.

woe betide the wailing that would go on here is they decided to fell virgin rainforrest for their packaging.

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HP's $3 BEELLLION Aruba buy ‘significantly undervalues’ wireless operator

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HP can't take the Sauce....

Firstly they get sued for not doing Due diligence on a purchase that they clearly paid over the odds for.

Now they get sued for buying another company on the cheap.

Perhaps the need to change their lawyers & auditors?

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What keeps CIOs awake? Leaky data centres – or leaky C-suites?

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Chatham House Rules

It might be worth mentioning what these are for those who don't know.

http://www.chathamhouse.org/about/chatham-house-rule

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Re: A Zombie concept?

Have an upvote for the Led Zep lyrics.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: Digitise vinyl? It's easier to just download it off a torrent site.

and not everything will be released on any form of Digital medium including CD.

I bought a couple of really good Mid1960's Blues Albums from Rough Trade Records (just off Portobello Rd) the other weekend. Neither of them have been released on CD let alone be of any interest to streaming services like Spotify.

One is a little scratched. Well, the record was released in 1964!

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: Yum!

If the lardons are not smoked then you could add some 'Tomme de Savior' to the mix to add a nice little kick. The stronger the Tomme the better.

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Re: please don't be offended, BUT(t?)

You are obviously NOT a lawyer then.

They get paid whatever happens.

The Kim Dotcom legal gravytrain is working fine. The Lawyers keep on going because for every second they spend on the case they get paid.

If you dare tell a client that the case is not financially viable/worth continuing then there goes your chance of a partnership/corner office.

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Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

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Re: Apple = Green

Repairability is not the only question you need to ask. In fact that you seem to equate the non-repairability of apple kit with landfill. One of these does not always follow on from the other.

The other is,

Is the device recyclable? Stuff that isn't recycleable may well end up in Landfill.

In the case of a MacBook then the case is very re-cyclable because of the Aluminium used in its construction.

If manufacturers don't make a statement of recycability for whatever bit of kit they are selling then IMHO they should.

It would be nice if the likes of iFixit included this in their reports as well as repairablity.

As it is Friday and it has been a long week I'm off for a few of these --->>>>

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: I have a smart bed....

Does you bed call 999 when you stop breathing?

does it make the early morning cuppa?

What happens when you are the missus get a bit too [redacted] during your [redacted]?

Does it say, 'Ian I really can't allow you to do that. Unless you stop now I'm going to let all the air out of the bed?"

I'm with the AC of earlier who said 'Not in ma hoose'.

so what if the bed falls apart during you know what. At least you can do your thing in privacy and not have your non-sleeping habbits sent to the ROW via the IOT.

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

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Thrashing Around?

Ok, why exactly are AMD, Apple etc thrashing around?

Neither of them have their own Fabs (or at least ones capable of producing the current generation of chips they need).

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What's that THUD sound? It's your Lumia's best feature after unflashing Windows 10

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Well, there's always Cyanogen

oh wait.....

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Wharever next?

Adding Metro/modern/Tifkam as the UI?

Joking aside, I am sure there are a lot of Android hackers who are rather sad at this and will be looking for an alternative.

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Scientists tail whales, hails their tales of record 14,000-mile migration

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A 'Whale of a Story'

Coat, going home.

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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On-premise Exchange

I guess that rules you out of any job where the privacy of the messages etc is of some concern to the business.

don't forget that the spooks will probably have a back door into your Cloud Exchange. Do you really want to keep deeding them everythnig about your biz?

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What just went down on Intel for three months? Er, PC and mobile chips

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Unless you really need all that Oommmpppphhhh

AMD is more than good enough for most punters.

Come on Intel lets have those 16 core beasts in a consumer package and at a decent price.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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9mm Pistol at 100yds?

hitting something as small and skittish as an Armadillo at that range? Something is not right there. Are we sure he didn't actually aim for the MIL?

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Got iOS 8.3 installed? Pssh, you are SO last week… version 8.4 is out

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Re: News just in...

you forgot the mandatory

'Film at 11'

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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Re: So why is it computer science graduates have the higest unemployment rate?

Or it could be that the new grads THINK they know more than the incumbents and throw their toys out of the pram when they can't get their own way?

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Re: Yeah but only a mug buys brand new dysons

Is that Vax the 11/780 or the 11/785?

A place near me sells re-con Dysons from 95 quid. I got mine from there 10 years ago. Still going strong.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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After the meeting, I return to my desk and waste ten minutes trying to persuade my PC to log in to the network, only to discover that some sneaky bugger opposite has hijacked my Ethernet cable. Well, he’s not in at the moment, so I jam his cable back into the back of my own PC. For good measure, I open lots of windows on his screen, grab a screenshot and make it his desktop background image. This is BoFH circa 1998: the old ways are the best.

I'd be a tad more careful about doing that little trick in future Mr Dabbs. If you were in Florida you could be facing 25-life for that little escapade.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/15/04/10/1541258/florida-teen-charged-with-felony-hacking-for-changing-desktop-wallpaper

I do agree with the Cat-5 search. I also got reprimanded for adding a 5 port switch to the network so that the single LAN port ... you know the rest. With me they tried the 'health and safety' angle. Saying that the device was not safe.

Then I pointed out the little white sticker on the PSU that showed clearly that it had been safety tested a month before and by the same company that they used.

What I didn't tell them was that the switch was 'lifted' from the MD office during the move. His shiny new office had more ports than the UK has ferry ports so he didn't need it any longer.

Ah... the memories of office moves.

Now my Office only moves from the front of my house to the back depending upon the time of year.

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All Mac owners should migrate to OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 ASAP

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Re: Great

Why the resistance to registering?

The great god that is Apple is giving you the software for free so why not give them a little something in return? You do need to recharge your personal RDF from time to time. The stupid GUI provides you with an ideal opportunity to say a few prayers at the church of St Jobs.

Of you could gearch on Google for 'OSX 10.10 download'. I'm sure there are a good number of sites who will gladly supply it for you.

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

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Re: What about the following options?

I do understand the Apple 'thing'. My comment was said very much with my tongue in my cheek.

If there was a Tongue in Cheek icon I would have used it.

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What about the following options?

1) Meh!

2) Ha-ha you must be joking? Me buy anything from Apple? Hell will freeze over first.

3) Die Fanbois Die!

4) Can someone wake me up in a month when all this palava has died away and the Apple Watch it is being flogged for $50 on Ebay.

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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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don't for get the....

winter clothing. some of the data centres I've been in have been as cold as a Norfolk Beach(Huntstanton or Cromer) in Mid Summer.

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Oh dear

We've had all those patently obvious patents granted simply because of the word 'computer' and/or 'Network' added to something.

I can't help wondering if we are in for a slew of similar

s/computer/cloud/

Patent applicatinos and rubber stamp approvals by the USPTO

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Screw YOU, Apple – Netflix teases world+dog with its own 'coming soon' SMARTWATCH

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Re: I can't believe Nobody said it yet...

How about....

"It is all in the Wrist Action...."

Ok, time to walk the dog.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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Re: PR move

He probably has nailed it but the spectacle of a new Apple product release is always wort watching.

It is a shame that the likes of Samsung can't copy this sort of free entertainment.

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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Re: I'm puzzled by these attempts.

It is the card processor who pays Apple a very small sum per transaction.(0.015% if my memory serves me right)

The Card details are stored in the security chip on the phone. Then you auth the payment with your finger (yes, you are giving Apple the Finger!)

The difference between this and the other types of payment service is that the merchant does not see your card details. Thus they can't track your shopping habits!

For the likes of Tesco this is not good. I will very surprised if they sign up for apple Pay at launch.

Or is that why Tesco are selling their data analytics company?

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What study?

can we have a reference please? Or is this another 'Apple is crap' piece?

There are a number of iPhone users in my office who are just waiting for it to be launched over here.

If Apple got the likes of Aldi and Lidl to take it then they'd probably get a lot of transactions.

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

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Re: Article request

you forgot a key point

and Securing

It is naff all use setting up a network is it is open to every Tom, Ahamed, Wong and Ivan to hack into now is it?

Othewise a devent article for the masses (viz those who are not Linux masters) would be useful to give to relatives. Then you can say, "follow these easy steps and I might consider supporting you. If you don't then you are on your own sunshine!"

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Re: The punishment

citation?

Why not take the trouble to head on down to your local magistrates court and see justice in action for yourself?

you might be pleasantly surprised as what goes on.

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You. FTC. Get over here. Google is INVADING our children's MINDS – anti-ad campaigners

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Re: Ummmm

I timed a US Sitcom recently as it was broadcast on E4

The show 'lasted' 30 minutes but the actual programme was 18 minutes long. The rest was Adverts.

An hour long show is actually 44-46 minutes.

During my quite frequent visits to the US, I rarely turn on the TV. If I do, it is for the Weather Channel to get the forcast for the next day. Otherwise trying to watch even half decent shows without the aid of a PVR is just too frustrating to be bothered with.

Is it any wonder that if the US wins a bid to host the FIFA world cup in the future, they will virtually insist that the 45minute 'halves' is split into at least two if not three sections just to satisfy the Advertisers.

As a certified GOM (Grumpy Old Man) I hate all forms of Advertising. we GOM's are not a target market for the advertisers but we have to sit through the crap that is aimed at everyone but us. They should be made to pay me to endure this shite.

as far as I'm concerned then all ad agencies should 'Eat This' (See Icon)

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Re: and if they can't? Are we all doomed?

Or,

cue some Queen Music and the words that were spoken by Brian Blessed

"Flash, he's the saviour of the Universe"

Then the smoke clears over the ruins of the Collider and out of it appears Brian May playing his guitar.

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Samsung persuades US watchdog to review Smartflash legal dance over patents

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The Enemy of my Enemy is my friend

or something like that.

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Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

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Kudos for the 'Obscured by Clouds' bit

One of my favourite Floyd Albums. Very underrated IMHO.

I have one of these cards in my D800. I agree about the WiFi connection. The problems I encountered were due to too many other networks being on the same channel (Linux to the rescue here). When I reached a spot where there was no other WiFi networks competing for the channel it worked perfectly.

My other issue is that the write speed is not excatly fast. Sure it is a class 10 device but it can't hold a candle up to the SanDisk 95Mb/s cards that I normally use.

Now that there are 280Mb/s cards available, I can't see much use for this in the future.

http://www.sandisk.co.uk/products/memory-cards/sd/extremepro-sdxc-sdhc-uhs-ii/?capacity=32GB

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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How about?

campaigning for Chelsea's release from gaol?

Thaty would reduce the amount of $$$ that the US Gov spends keeping her locked up.

The sad thing is that those saving wouldn't get anywhere near the VA budget.

You should know that Governments the world over don't do that sort of joined up finance.

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Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

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Re: web or not

Whilst you might be correct reports like this are needed to keep at least some of those ANALysist's in gainful employment.

After all there is only so many times they can write articles (sorry fiction) stating that company XXXXX is doomed and everyone should sell their stock today.

Where is the...

won't someone think of the analysist's icon when you need it?

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Re: Underfloor can be much worse!!!

Ahhhhh the memories of Channel Cables.

I used to look after a tiny MicroVax that was used to connect two mainframes (IBM and Amdhal) together using a channel interconnect.

One day I found the microVax sitting in the middle of the floor. Well, not exactly on the floor. The channel cables had been moved a bit to install some more Storage drives and the unit was actually off the floor. The two channel cables and the power cable was clearly visible underneath the Vax.

Oh the memories.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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so Alaksa has been cut adrift then?

Oh sorry, I forgot that most Americans think that the USofA is the lower 48 states and forget about Hawaii and Alaska.

Or perhaps Putin has re-purchased Alaska from the Yanks and didn't tell anyone?

At least in most of Canada you can be really alone (apart from the mozzies that is). The danger from failing drones can be minimised. Perhaps el Reg should move it's rocket from NM to SK?

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