* Posts by Tom 38

2867 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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Re: Evil bloke

iphone + ipad user with little interest in technology asks "how can I see the photos I took on my phone on my tablet", 3 clicks later..

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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

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Re: Lovely for a micro server

If that's what you want, wouldn't you go for NVMe?

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Opera debuts free VPN built into desktop browser

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Re: An interesting move

I don't think that applies to all BBC content. For example Dr Who credits say "BBC Cymru"

Sadly most BBC shows these days are not produced like that, starting in the 90s the BBC increasingly outsourced production and show development to 3rd parties (particularly Saint Bob's Hat Trick), who then subsequently owned the format.

I think for some shows, they do buy the global rights, but then use BBC Worldwide to flog them as effectively as they can. I'm pretty sure GBBO is distributed by BBCW internationally.

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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Re: It's not about Microsoft WANTING to fix it ..

At $JOB, we (IT) maintain ~90% of our websites. The final 10% are those that other departments run because they don't want to go through our processes, eg Marketing want a WordPress site, so they use a WP hosting company, with us providing DNS. Similarly, some of our hosted SaaS providers, like our HR system, payroll etc, use our sub-domains for branding.

This kind of exploit means that even if you secure all your own servers, you are relying on third parties to not be compromised to prevent an attack on your mail server. Not good at all.

Admittedly, we don't use Outlook..

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Re: Fragile evidence...

OK, I'll bite: IANALBIPOOTI?

I got as far as I Am Not A Lawyer But I

Play One On TV

Although I'm not sure about the final I..

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Addiction

I have no problem with smokers switching to vaping but I have plenty of problems when finding that there is a substantial vaping population who've never smoked - they were pulled in because of the "cool" factor.

How precisely are you finding this out, when numerous studies have shown that it simply isn't happening?

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Re: Hate to be pragmatic but

Public Health England (an agency of the Department of Health) commissioned a meta-study that determined that vaping is around 95% less harmful than smoking.

The three key findings:

1) the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking

2) nearly half the population (44.8%) don’t realise e-cigarettes are much less harmful than smoking

3) there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers

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Re: Addiction: yup

No, his premise was that "e-cigs are bad because non smokers will start using them because of the cool flavours and become addicted to nicotine". It's wrong on two counts:

1) People who don't smoke, particularly kids, aren't interested in vaping, as proved by many studies.

2) The existence of 0% nicotine liquids means that even if they did want to vape tasty flavours, a non smoker would do so by purchasing the ones with no nicotine in them.

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Re: Cancer ? Heart Disease ?

Citation for either of those claims?

Since I stopped smoking and switched to vaping, funnily enough my lungs are a lot healthier and I can (and do) do more exercise, massively improving my cardiac health, weight, fitness, happiness...

I'd been smoking for >15 years, I don't think I've been this fit and healthy since I was 16, all of which is solely down to being able to breathe again. If I could have quit smoking without needing a vape, that would have been awesome... however it is extremely difficult to quit nicotine, even with NRT.

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Re: Caffeine's addictive

"eWeed"/liquid THC is already available in states in the US where it has been decriminalized. Needs a slightly different tank/coil to regular vapes. Colourless, odourless.

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Re: Addiction: yup

The advertising for e-cigs should carry a warning that the the wonderful flavours being tasted contain a highly addictive chemical.

So your premise is that someone who does not smoke would purchase e-cigs with nicotine in them rather than the identical flavour with 0% nicotine? Seems rather ludicrous to me.

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: Optional

So what you're saying is that 110,000 non doms paid 4% of the total income tax received and 31,000,000 paid 96% of the total income tax received.

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Seemingly some people think "all of it"

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

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Re: What's the problem really?

Other than your missus finding out you were entertaining the girl next door with your Pokemon moves.

There are no real moves, you just fling your balls in their face until they give up and can't escape....

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Re: eh?

A charger in the car brings the phone to full function in a few seconds, in the event of car trouble

What happens when the alternator is broken and the car battery runs down?

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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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Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

Bluetooth headphones are still banned on flights, like wireless mice.

Only when taking off or landing.

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

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Re: Jesus wept

Being out the EU means we can subside strategic industries once again

Yes! Looking forward to watching some more of our industries diminish, decline, weaken or fade.

Or is that a Freudian slip, did you mean subsidize?

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Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

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Re: "They could port over drivers from Linux, of instance."

Warning: Kernel will become less tainted! Do you wish to continue? [Y/n]

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Re: I'm not so pessimistic

Anyone seen any stats on people who would want a driverless car? I mean other than Uber etc.

Not saying I'd use automated on every trip, but sure - stumble out of the pub at 11pm and hop in to my own waiting car that ferries me to my house via the takeaway? Driving to go on holiday, 8 hour kip on the back seat while Johnny Cab delivers me to the Alps overnight? Yes please, where do I sign?

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Re: you can get some diseases even if you don't drink at all.

There is plenty of evidence (which HMG studiously chooses to ignore) that moderate alcohol consumption is, in fact, better for you than teetotalism.

I thought this was explained by the fact that the set of teetotal people include not just those who are teetotal by choice, but also those who are teetotal because they are very sick already, and have poor outcomes.

Similarly, outcomes for BMI groups are better for the "Overweight" group than the "Healthy" group, because the "Healthy" group actually includes a bunch of very sick people.

Everything in moderation. Except bacon. Eat as much bacon as you can, because life.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Cant see where he lied

It was made clear at the time that there were spaces in 1st class - but Corbyn chose not to upgrade (because most people can't afford to, and the taxpayer is paying for it).

There were clearly no seats available, despite Virgin's claims, because Corbyn joined several other people already sitting on the floor.

That train was not even slightly close to packed. I'm certain there were no regular commuters sitting on the floor, we would be in those reserved seats, or sitting in any empty seat without a bag on it, not walking the carriages looking for 4 empty table seats. So many non regular commuters will walk through a carriage with empty seats without saying a word - "Excuse me, is this seat taken?" is not that tricky.

45 minutes into the journey a family did get an upgrade to 1st class, enabling Corbyn to take one of their seats.

They moved people to first class so that Jezza could sit next to his aide at a table, not because there were no seats to sit on at all. If you are so precious that you cannot be separated from your travel companions, book seats - unless you are trying to manufacture an outrage to suit your own political agenda.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Fat chance

Not to sound like an advert, but uniqlo do jeans in 28"-36" waist in 1" increments, and 32" or 34" length, with free 1 day length adjustment. Plus they have some sort of magic system where they manage to keep them in size order, rather than the apparently random order in other stores, that have you checking every single pair of jeans in the fucking store for the one size that you think might fit.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Re: 4GB? Really

4GB RAM not enough for you?

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Dear Tesla, stop calling it autopilot – and drivers are not your guinea pigs

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Re: "They are fully trained as to what an autopilot actually does" - and what it doesn't.

In most people imagination, "autopilot" means some kind of sci-fi AI fully able to control a vehicle flawlessly.

I think of Otto from "Airplane!"

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Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit

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Re: Bambi meets Hyperloop

Bambi is the wife of the good guy in this story, not the un-named PR lady who figured $200k for 5 months of bad sex was probably worth it.

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Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Re: Tsk

if it's not tupperware, you're better off with a reclosable bag.

Tupperware is so 80s, all the cool kids these days either have Sistema or Nude Food Movers, neither of which I'd describe as an off brand.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Style is important

Particularly since Linus's job is not really writing code, but merely reviewing and merging code. Consistency of style makes code easier to read and comprehend.

Perhaps Linus needs to write a style(9) guide man page, and refuse to merge anything that does not match.

It is probably harder for Linux, being a disparate project. For things in FreeBSD kernel and world (non contrib parts, anyway), nothing gets committed that breaches style(9), and if it does, anyone with a commit bit can change it so that it doesn't.

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Re: Well it could be worse

I was once tasked to work on a library doing annoying statistical aggregation. It was last worked on about 5 years previously, and I swear to Cthulu, the only comments in the file were frequent occurrences of

// modified by Cedric

and occasionally

// putain

He never explained why he kept redefining his macro for doing malloc at various points throughout the 10k long file..

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Bear in mind when ever somebody loses money, it doesn't disappear, just ends up somewhere else.

Good news, our money turned up, its now in Germany. It's also staying there.

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Queensland creep cops charged with snooping through police records

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Re: Police would ordinarily access such a file less than 50 times

<insert crude "Australia/convicts" joke here>

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

For the Euro, as a European citizen, I enjoy having the same currency than our neighbors: no more banks taking their parts when converting money, no more harsh conversion to calculate the price of an item, no more unchangeable coins when getting back home...

"Lets all be in a currency union because it makes it easier to buy things when travelling" is a ridiculous argument because it ignores the fact that currency union implies a lack of control over the levers of the economy, like currency and interest rates. See how Spain, Greece and Portugal have faired when they are forced to operate within what German industry wants. It is utterly simplistic and childish to think of the Eurozone in terms of buying pizza and beer on holiday.

Similarly, Schengen makes absolutely no sense for UK travellers, it's a big fucking island. You will be checked coming in by boat, plane or train regardless of UK's participation in Schengen, the current border controls being a minuscule part of that process. There is no facility gained in our participation.

A vote to "Remain" is not a vote to join either of those two barmy schemes, whilst voting to "Leave" will have us at best end up in EFTA with FSM knows what tariffs on our goods and services. Norway is a member of EFTA, they have to obey all the EU rules and regulations with no say on how they are implemented, and they still have massive tariffs on one of their largest exports (fisheries), are required to be in Schengen and have free movement of people.

Friday cannot arrive quick enough, thoroughly sick of all this.

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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At first I thought, "Hmm, GPS data on a bobby, that will be handy for the neighbourhood scamp dealers", but then quickly realized it will actually mean "PC Dobbins is doing paperwork" updates on twitter.

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OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?

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I get what you're saying, but PCIe = 7.8 Gbps per lane, or 126 Gbps for a 16x link.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: This is so self evident it is ridiculous

The only real issue I have is with things like the GPL. The 'we own everything' management mindset tends to extend to things like the Linux kernel -- the "we modified a driver so its obviously company property" sort of thing.

If your company modifies a GPL driver, then they do in fact own the modifications. They don't even have to share the modifications with anyone or push it upstream*, provided that the driver is not distributed in binary form.

* But they should, it gets the modifications checked by a wider audience, and stops the new functionality bitrotting in a private repo when the driver is updated upstream, plus it's good to not be a dick

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This is so self evident it is ridiculous

Next article entitled "Coders: You don't get to take all the code you wrote for your employer when you leave"

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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The way I understand what was announced by Canonical, containers will share identical libraries, so the storage overhead will be greatly reduced. At the same time, different versions of libraries will be used by the appropriate applications, so there will be fewer problems with library updates.

It's still dynamically linked static linkage. If you have the same library at the same version with the same patches built with the same options in multiple snaps, then the storage overhead is managed, but if one snap uses different functionality/build options, you don't.

One snap gets updated because a library has a security vulnerability, whilst the other snaps don't, and then you have multiple copies of the library, plus apps that run but are still vulnerable. I think I'd prefer apps that don't run to apps that are vulnerable.

You can't really have both everything being isolated and distinct and continues to work after updates, and security holes fixed by updating one package.

PS: PC-BSD PBI. Just saying.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: Except...

When no-body bothers to fully peer review the software, or the lone developer pulls the code from a repository because everyone's messing him about, or hell.. even just gets downright abusive, then I can't help but feel compelled to disagree.

The biggest "except" is that none of your three listed projects (OpenSSL, lpad and Linux) are remotely developed using the Agile methodology.

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Re: Organizational microsoervices?

MCI/Worldcom by any chance?

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Speaking of Empire. Something that I’ve never quite understood: How do you justify colonising from Cape to Cairo?

Well, in pretty much the same way that the French, Germans, Belgians, Portuguese, Spanish, Italians and Russians do I suppose - no point crying that our distant ancestors were better at it than yours. How do you justify German {East,West,South West} Africa, or the Herero genocide?

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Destroying ransomware business models is not your job, so just pay up

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Vikings, eh

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;

But we've proved it again and again,

That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld

You never get rid of the Dane.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Have to ask...

Vic:

It varies depending on if you are vaping mouth to lung (MTL) or a direct lung inhale (DLI), and on the resistance and wattage of the atomizer.

MTL: Less intense hit, physically more like smoking a cigarette but less satisfying. Less complex and/or cheaper/older kit can do MTL. Can use liquids that are 40% to 100% PG. 18-24mg is strong, 12-15mg average, 0-6mg weak.

DLI: Intense cloud hit, physically like hitting a bong or shisha, lots of flavour. More modern kit required, usually using sub 1 Ohm atomizers. Liquid should be 70%+ VG. Lots of nicotine per hit, so 6mg is strong, 3mg average, 0-3mg weak - I know people who buy 0mg and 3mg and mix them in varying proportions..

The cheaper kits will only really allow you to do MTL. For sub-ohm vaping, you will need in excess of 20W, which none of the cheap stuff will cope with. Sub-ohm is where all the development is at these days, you can get mods (the battery + electronics portion) which can drive coils at specific temperatures - one of the reasons why a coil will wear out is if it gets too hot and burns the cotton that it is wrapped around.

With sub-ohm kits, you can do MTL or DLI. You have a mod, a tank and a coil. Some mods have replaceable batteries, which is handy as you can carry several with you on a trip. The tank needs cleaning occasionally, but will last a long time. Coils need to be replaced every few weeks, and cost about £10 for 5. You will use more liquid with a sub-ohm/cloud setup. You can also put on a MTL tank on a sub-ohm mod and dial the wattage down (and your battery will last for many many days).

With cheaper kits, you have a battery, and either a tank and coil, or a "clearomizer", or a cartridge. A clearomizer is a combination tank and coil, when the coil is no good you throw it all away and put on a new clearomizer. A cartridge is a proprietary pre-filled and non-refillable clearomizer (aka "a rip off").

Having started on the cheap kits, my recommendation is to not bother with it. It's unsatisfying, clearomizers tend to leak because they are disposable and everything wears out a lot quicker. I use a KangerTech topbox mini sub-ohm, it costs around £45, you can refill without disassembly, it takes standard 18650 batteries, coils last weeks and I've not had a tank leak on me yet.

Liquids: VG is thicker, and less likely to leak through the cotton in the coil. Some people get irritated throats from high PG content liquids. Liquids with more than 40% VG won't vape well in non sub-ohm/high wattage kit. Almost all the cheap juices you see at the newsagent are 100% PG. Pre-mixed high VG juice can tend to be more expensive, they are more at the premium end of the market and have more complex flavourings - pure VG itself is no more expensive than PG. In fact, by raw cost the most expensive part of the liquid is the flavourings.

For price comparison, I made a 6L batch of 100% VG juice (5L VG, 500ml 7.2% VG nicotine base, 500 ml assorted flavourings) for ~£100, or 50p per 30 ml. Pre-mixed high VG juices are between £15-£30 per 30 ml. In my home made juices, cost wise 10% is VG/PG, 30% is the nicotine, 60% is flavourings

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I'm stocking up on super-strength nicotine soon

To mix your own juices, you start with a Vegetable Glycerin (VG) base, add concentrated (7.2%, 72mg/ml) nicotine and flavourings and then bottle it. TPD will restrict the sale of the nicotine concentrate, so bye bye to home mixing. Its hard to restrict the sale of food grade VG and colorings, for now anyway...

BTW, the "heavy smokers need heavy strength nicotine" argument can be misleading; I certainly started on quite strong juice (2.8%), but that was because my vape was rubbish. Using a decent mod (Kanger topbox) and a sub-ohm coil, the highest nicotine level you want is 0.6%, with 0.3% even common. It produces a much larger volume of smoke per inhale (and hence nicotine per hit) that this will get the smoking buzz for even the heaviest smoker.

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.6

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Re: Noise?

A quiet time for a version control system means that there have been few/no commits. Noise is the opposite of quiet.

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EU commish: We smacked down O2/Three but we didn't take it 'lightly'

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I also have Three and wanted this to go through for the same reasons, however I live and work in London... it gets annoying when you have to go outside the pub in order to get phone signal, and its tedious as hell not having any signal in the office.

The whole "no other choices" argument is bollocks anyway, there are no shortage of MVNOs offering wildly different pricing to their parent MNO, eg Lebara contracts do not compare to Vodafone, nor does GiffGaff to O2.

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BT to splash £550m integrating EE. Firm shrugs: Cheap!

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Most pension funds are in deficit at the moment because interest rates are so historically low and so larger funds are required to cover the same liability. Its maybe fine for a while for larger firms for a while, but yeah, either interest rates need to rise soon or these holes need to be plugged.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

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Re: FFS - it is NOT fibre.

Virgin Fibre is the same as well, HFC is fibre to the local headend whereafter it's all coax to the home.

<smug>I have true FTTH, and it's very nice indeed, symmetric gigabit, sub ms ping</smug>. To think we could all have had that, instead of a really fast choo choo to Leeds...

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Sure you can. The set of locations where you get data signal is definitely a proper subset of the set of locations where you get phone signal.

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Re: It'll all end in tears

Meh. I like making tasty curries from scratch, and whilst I could finely chop my onions, and grind my spices in a pestle and mortar, the £25 I spent on a mini food processor and a specialised spice grinder definitely is worth it in terms of my time and effort. My (retired) parents make fresh bread overnight each day, easier and tastier than driving 20 minutes to the nearest shop/baker.

I don't have them now, but we definitely loved the sodastream and our toasted sandwich maker when were kids (the 80s equivalent of the panini press).

If you use it, it is useful. If you get it because you think it might be useful or it will change your lifestyle, it definitely sits in the drawer, doubly so if they are gifts. I don't and probably never will make buckwheat smoothies for breakfast, my sister swears by them and so we all got them as gifts over the years. Mine has never even come out of the box..

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Surprise! Tech giants dominate global tax-dodging list of shame

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...the US Agency for International Development has a $35bn budget

Problem is, that barely covers the annual fixing bill for the bits of the world they blew up last year, and probably has to go to neo-con Military-Industrial-Complex companies that assisted in the blowing up in the first place</tinfoilhatapplied>

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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Re: He's technically wrong on everything but...

He's like a hot version of Saakashvili?

What do you mean, a hot version? How can you not .... I'll get my coat.

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