* Posts by Ged T

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

Ged T

Infrastructure readiness?

Is the, particularly UK, broadband infrastructure going to have the capacity to upgrade all the qualifying Win 7 and the relatively few Win 8.1 machines to Windows 10?

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Joke

Re: Bing Professor?

No - It means he's searching for the microwave oven....

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Big Brother

What will the police do with the images they collect?

In order to perform the facial matching, the images of individuals (there will be MANY images of each individual taken throughout the event) will need to be captured for comparison with the images held in the police "custody suite"

- Will the images captured at this event be added to that collection?

- Will the images be grouped into associative sets - What was that family doing?

- Will the event organisers get copies of those images?

- Will the images be sold, along with purchase details and any associative insight, to advertisers and marketing organisations that may bid for this info?

- What else are the event organisers and police collecting? Mobile/Smartphone records, for example?

- Will anybody attending be told of the "justified purpose" of these surveillances?

What an 'anti-citizen' state Britain has become...

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Yahoo! must! face! class-action! suit! over! email! snooping! – judge

Ged T
Holmes

Facetube!

You, too, should worry...

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

Ged T
Pirate

French cyborg sheperds!!!

....are developing prosthetic devices to be applied to human subjects.

Be afraid - Very afraid....

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Joke

Rash reporting

Does it detect and report the rash as a health defect of the wearer?

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Thumb Down

take up was also poor due to...

- Custom, DRM-ridden recording file format and

- The binding of those files created on a given machine to that machine only, so you couldn't share, even with members of your own workgroup nor record onto exchangeable media...

- Poor 3rd-party codec support...

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Hey, Microsoft, we can call Windows 10 apps anything we like – you're NOT OUR REAL MOM

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Joke

WOW32 + WOW64 + AOW + UAOW + ...

So, will Windows 10 simply be a collection of compatibility layers?

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Ged T

@Midnight

No, no, no. Tuk! Are you Midnight or are you Zanthros or are you actually, Zanthros?

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

Ged T

Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc...

...and at density of 1.4E-4 stars/cubic ly and, at 100ly, a spatial volume of

4/3.pi.(100E3) = 4188790 cubic ly

Number of stars within 100ly radius is 4188790 * 1.4E-4 = 586 stars

However, the number stars that are of the right type AND with suitable (goldilocks-zone) planets is VERY small...

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TRAGEDY STRIKES Vulture News Central but details remain scrambled

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Meh

So, how much did VC have to...

...shell out to her family in compensation?

p.s. Used the 'Meh' icon, as it seemed the only thing close n' ouef...

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Ged T

Re: How convenient...

Well, what would be a better legacy for the UK - £50bn spent on a vanity rail project between Birmingham and London to save 25 minutes (which will need electricity to run, btw, already in short supply...) or would it be better spent on FIVE, modern (not compromised to produce weapons grade materials) nuclear stations to benefit the entire country?

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Just when you thought you were alone in the bath: Hi-res mapping satellite ready for launch

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Joke

Re: how long before . . .

Don't mean to brag but I've done it, already, within the era of existing tech...

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

Ged T

You're not batshit bananas - I think you've pretty much encapsulated what many have as frustrations about Microsoft's 'strategy'. They seem to have no appreciation about the negative impact they have created with those who have IT investment decisions to make for their businesses.

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Fast is the new Black: WD gives laptops' spinning rust a new whirl

Ged T

Re: Data density?

My guess: some of the above plus a firmware tweak or two?

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Apple's Oct 22 WORLD-SHAKING San Fran party: New iPads or what?

Ged T
Facepalm

Re: Doh!

It could be literal - Apple vould be announcing a whole new range of covers, in an exciting range of textures and colours, for their products...

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Ged T
Happy

Re: Same old same old

Maybe they could make a movie out of that scenario...

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

Ged T
Pint

A chance for pure science to celebrate

Cheers.

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A £30,000, 295bhp 4G MODEM?!? Must be the Audi S3 Quattro, then

Ged T
Facepalm

To 62mph...

"How fast? Well, the S3 can sprint to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and charge on to a limited top speed of 155mph."

Is that "...sprint to 62mph" in 9.6 litres?

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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Joke

Re: It's ok it's been thought through

...but in providing network access for travellers on "a super fast train", surely the business case to provide super fast mobile broadband becomes very difficult - They won't be on the super fast train long enough to use their super fast mobile broadband consuming phone-i, tablet-i or dongle-i-thing...

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Look out, world! HP's found a use for Autonomy - rescuing Win XP bods

Ged T

Re: I wonder...

"Is it legal to make a product stop working after a certain date, after you bought it?"

You didn't buy the product, you bought a licence to use install and use it. Microsoft are expiring the licence, as they enshirned in the agreement that you acknowledged and accepted by using and registering the supplied licence key.

I wonder, too, how Apple users running WindowsXP on top of Parallels or Boot Camp will manage, beyond the license cease date...

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Meh

Windows XP data - Securing the data is fine...

...I'm less certain that, having secured a Windows XP Office 2000 Access database's content, say, that I'll find some "automagic inside (tm)" Android or iPad tablet app that's going to help me make sense of that data...

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Dodgy 'iMessage for Android' app deep-sixed by Google

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Joke

Re: buy the front door and sell the carpets!!!

or maybe cell the carpets...

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Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m

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Joke

Re: Stupid Hunt

They tried that but could find disc pools big enough to dilute to a satisfactory homeopathic concentration...

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

Ged T
Meh

..how much we are prepared to share before...

Of course, there is the dependency we all have on the browsing platform you're using and its ability to provide you with the necessary controls to exercise the level of information sharing you're prepared to tolerate, even when, as in this case, that data is quite oblique...

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NASA: Full details on our manned ASTEROID SNATCH mission

Ged T
Go

Re: multiple spacewalks = lots of air?

Yep!

So, given the effort to capture an asteroid, insert it into lunar orbit, get a manned mission to the moon with multiple moon-asteroid excursions then a return to earth for the crew and samples, wouldn't it, instead, be worthwhile getting the asteroid into the same orbital path as the ISS, to allow a crew from there to explore the asteroid? To avoid thermal and atmospheric artefacts from being a factor, the mission could include a 'significant sample return' of the asteroid using the ATV or similar to examine structure and composition back on Earth...

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Ballmer's emotional farewell to Redmond: I LOVE THIS COMPANY

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Joke

Re: lots of notice

Maybe he just discovered the new 'Start' button and decided he better use it...? After all in Microsoft world it's Start ---> Shutdown, isn't it?

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Rasp Pi skydive: Ballsy Baumgartner best beware Brit bionic Babbage Bear

Ged T
Terminator

Terminator Beginnings: The Bear Truth

With so much on-board tech, cameras for eyes, Sky-high launch platforms, dead-pan expression, is this the start of real life imitating art?

Farewell, plucky bear...

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Lenovo to ship all new PCs with Start Menu replacement

Ged T
Thumb Up

Re: Uninstall

A "Thumbs Up" for sharing your experience of adopting a sound, alternate approach.

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Ged T
Happy

Re: Oh, to be a carpenter - No worries

M$ probably have a contract carpenter who's mandated to us power tools without a Start button, too...

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Ged T
Holmes

Re: And why aren't the Government using the law for these things?

OK - I'm familiar with the Act and it's sections.

The really intertesting questions, for me, are framed in this: In what way does the *UK* Offical Secrets Act apply to Edward Snowden, a U.S. citizen, or indeed, to a Brazilian friend of the journalist that met and reported about the U.S.-sourced data and that journalist's employer?

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

Ged T

Bitchy last line...

...."And about that battery: perhaps Boeing Dreamliner engineers should make a visit to Tesla's Fremont, California auto plant."....

....but a point well made.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

Ged T
Coat

Straightforward enough

Can't we get "Just call me Dave" and "Terribly Teccy Theresa" on the case? They seem to know tons about internet blocking...

Mine's the one with the copy of Dummies for Politicians in the pocket...

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

Ged T
Coat

Whilst paddling up De Nile...

.... 'Senior marketing communications manager Brandon LeBlanc blogged the news on the official Blogging Windows blog: “It’s very exciting to be delivering Windows 8.1 to consumers just before Windows 8 celebrates its 1-year anniversary,” LeBlanc said....'

Mine's the one with directions to the Apple store...

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Facebook to gobble voice-recog outfit, not so chatty on price tag

Ged T
Joke

Keep breathing normally...

They probably want to keep the chat about the price down as they don't want the shareholder to skyperventilate...

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Open source 'Cubesat' set to soar

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Joke

Re: Clever launch technique

Wot? Won't they get nicked for thowing litter from a moving veh-icle?

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Cognitive computing: IBM unveils software for its brain-like SyNAPSE chips

Ged T
Joke

The question is:

Is this cat both dead and alive in this box?

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Facebook turns tables on profile stalkers with News Feed tweak

Ged T

Outsource content

Maybe Facebook can exercise full control over user's "stories" by offering an outsource "We'll write your stories so you don't have to." service - That way, they can allow ad targetting to be optimal for their needs without 'users' messing things up.

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

Ged T

Re: Frakking Skylons

Given the possibility of much more frequent LEO excursions, I guess it would be possible to schedule fairly regular trash collections...

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Ged T

Re: Had the UK only invested more generously in this earlier

I absolutely agree - More than just 'Thought Leadership'; something tangible and of a positive benefit to the UK.

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Ged T
Alien

The Skylons are coming!

Help us, OB1! You're our only help!

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

Ged T
Alien

Re: Really. £198M ?

Does it really matter that much which way the shite that is UK television, these days, is listed?

Extraterrestial icon 'cause televisual shite falls upon us from the Sky, too..

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Crumbs, we're going to lose that public sector bid - Jeeves, send for the lawyers

Ged T
Facepalm

"Hyper-competitive businesses file ever more complaints over public sector tenders"

Doubtless a reflection of just how much gravy is pouring off the public sector procuremenmt train.

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Apple drops hints about future low-cost iPhones

Ged T
Happy

That's crazy talk!

But true.

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Apple chippery sticking with Samsung or moving to GlobalFoundries?

Ged T
WTF?

Who really cares about which chip foundry Apple or any other vendor uses?

This "article" isn't really anything but a relay of rumour. Not only that, but it's Apple's choice to select the supplier's they determine will best deliver to their expectations. They will declare that decision, for stockholders and SEC reporting purposes, making their decision public in the process. Those truely interested in Apple's choice of "chip shop" will find out then.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

Ged T
Unhappy

We've learned...

that the U.S. National Security Agency appears to be legally allowed to operate off-shore!

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WarGames IMSAI machine for sale (again)

Ged T
Mushroom

WOPR: Today, ze home - Tomorrow...

...ze Velt!

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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

Ged T

Desktop makers are getting out - Say goodbye to Windows Server, too...

Samsung announced that they a going to drop desktop (then laptop) manufacture, a couple of days ago.

Michael Dell expressed his vision of dropping desktop/laptop and server manufacture, transforming his company into a software and services provider ('cause no one's ever done that before, have they...?) instead.

Lenovo? HP?

Without those Windows desktops and laptops, where's the need for Windows Server, AD et al?

And with all that depletion, even the future for 'flagship' Office, cloudy or not, looks bleak.

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

Ged T
Meh

Build in China?

I thought Apple had 'shipped back' its iShinny production back to the U.S.? I get what the article was saying about manufacturing for the Chinese and other 'needs to be cheaper'/'evolving' markets (Pegatron build or have built for HP, in the past BTW)

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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Holmes

Once again Technology over Content...

"But don't underestimate the appeal of O-O transmission to two groups of people. One is BBC middle management, who will form "a metadata working group" at the drop of hat, and spend years having meetings which typically achieve nothing - but consume a lot of license fee money.

The other group is TV manufacturers, who are facing a grim future as undifferentiated, commoditised floggers of flat panels. O-O might allow them to sell more expensive sets.

And with 3D flopping, they need some magic marketing woo from somewhere

"

I suggest that, for once, the brains at the BBC would think about the content they broadcast rather than the technical methods that accomplish the that aspect of delivery.

Technically, HD video and sound is all well and good but it does NOTHING to the diet of food-orientated, the shambling housing-orientated and the hard-hammered auction-orientated rubbish, much of which is badly upscaled SD, repeated Ad Nauseam.

This time, please, consider new and exciting, challenging and educational content before, once more, going down some technological cul-de-sac.

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