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* Posts by Tom 38

2091 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Ice Cream Sandwich still a no-show for most Android users

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Re: It's the carriers, not Google or the handset manufacturers

So no operator branded phones or manufacturer branded phones? Doesn't leave much choice does it?

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

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Windows Vista 2.0

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Bauernfrühstück v bacon sarnie

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Re: Brown sauce?

Have you heard of this new thing called google, you can find out about all kinds of things. There's even a helpful guided tour.

PS: Merkins call brown sauce "steak sauce".

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UK judges quietly declare text chat can be obscene

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In the UK, there is no freedom of speech. You do have freedom of expression, but there is a long list of exclusions, including things like obscenity, indecency, threatening or abusive speech (and a vast array of others, including "imagining the death of the monarch".)

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Airline leaves customer on hold for 15 hours

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Mushroom

This sounds like ringing my local GP for an appointment. Ring, enganged, hang up, press redial. One time I had flu (and was convinced I was about to die), I really wanted to see a doctor. Started at 8:30 in the morning, I got through to the receptionist at 12:30 - 4 straight hours of calling, to be told that there were no appointments available today and that "I should have called earlier".

<<-- Nuke, because that was the moment I achieved supercriticality.

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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

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Re: Machine readable format

Some clever twat invented these things called "character encodings", so that we can have binary that is readable by both machines and humans.

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Lords blast UK.gov's fixation on broadband speed over reach

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Re: and nobody's truly on the hook for the first mile

Look, whilst sometimes the quality of BT's cabling leaves something to be desired, most commonly it is the wiring inside your own house that is the biggest issue. If you don't have a replacement NTE5 faceplate on your master socket and plug your router into that socket, then you will be getting a sub-optimal line performance.

This will translate into low line synch speed, intermittent errors and increased susceptibility to atmospheric conditions.

My old boy lives 8km from the exchange and had difficulty maintaining any connection until I fitted one of these. A few calls to BT to get them to reset the line training, and he now gets 3.5 MB.

Incidentally, this is what BT used to install when all installations were an engineer install. These DIY broadband installations work fine when there aren't any problems, but they should really insist on a faceplate installation as soon as there are any complaints.

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@Weeble

> Broadband BEGINS at 2 Meg (and it always has).

I agree with your sentiment but disagree with your conclusion. ADSL works by encapsulating communication voice into 0-4kHz range (or the 'voice band'), and data into the ~26-1100 kHz range (or the 'broad band'). Technically therefore all ADSL, including piffling 256k connections are 'broad band'.

OTOH, if you use the modern meaning of 'broadband' - an internet connection capable of watching streaming video - then clearly it is not.

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Apple's new Safari snubs older Macs, drops Windows version

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Re: Scraping the Windows version is odd

I'm with you here mate, I couldn't get this thing to work in IE 6, so popped round PC World and gave them a right earful! That'll learn the cock munchers.

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No, Apple does not have a monopoly on browsers, anything they choose to do with their browser is entirely fine. MS got fined because they abused their dominant OS monopoly to force their browser on everyone in order to deliberately destroy Netscape (the company).

Apple withdrawing a browser which has a tiny market share from one of its platforms is in no way equivalent.

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Nexus Q preorders halted, price dropped to $0

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"Lets you buy a copy of a film or show and watch it anywhere"

Anywhere they choose, on a device they have approved, assuming I have pre-downloaded the media and my device is still authorized to play the media. If I accidentally lose the downloaded file, and I bought it more than two years ago, then I can't download another copy of it, and it is still "illegal" to rip a copy of the film from a bluray.

I'll start buying movies again when they start selling them in HD in a format I can use. Until then, they can go spin.

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Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Re: I'm puzzled

His partner screwed the pooch on the 4th dive, ensuring they finished 4th (instead of gold, which is the position they were in before the 4th dive). It's well documented on any sports site, less so on IT sites...

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Re: 1984 here we come....

No, I just chose to focus on you coming on here and spouting a bunch of misinformed nonsense.

If you had actually read the fucking article, it contains all the information that you "don't have hours of spare time" to find. Plenty enough time to check if someone has responded to some of your inane drivel though, eh?

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Re: 1984 here we come....

So, to your mind, if he had teased him for being ginger, that would have warranted an arrest, but merely threatening to drown someone should be fine?

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Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files

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Re: Of course you need to use both

If you are suggesting using xbindkeys or .xinitrc as ways to launch xterm without involving the X11 GUI, then I think your cunning plan may have some flaws.

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Of course you need to use both

You to need to use the GUI to launch xterm.

Seriously though, this is all about personal choices. For me, it is easier to tap in "CTRL+SHIFT+T, eog /path/to/pics" than it is to "launch nautilus, browse to a folder, right click a file and choose launch in eye of gnome".

For lots of others, it is different, but for me, almost everything is done in a terminal, but I still use a GUI to manage my terminals - I know refuseniks who simply use no GUIs, just hi res consoles. I suppose you could call the SVGA graphics mode of the browser links as a GUI...

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Court blocks 12 websites for 'misleading' Olympic ticket sales

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Awesome

Banning these websites the day before the Olympics™ starts is the kind of joined up thinking that will make these games such a success. I'm sure that no-one will have bought tickets from these sites prior to today!

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Never mind Azure: They BROKE Twitter!

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I think outage can no longer the appropriate term when a social networking site goes down, such is the fury generated. Perhaps outrage is a better term?

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4G? Pah! Boffins charge up the dial to 5G data EXTREME-band kit

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Re: I sneer at your LHF,...

The problem with SuperUltraViolet is that due to everyone and their dog taking unrelated terms and using them for new products is that it might be confused with an effective version of a digital download plus DRM scheme.

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Re: Does anyone remember

As any fule noes, the next superlative after 'ultra' is 'supermega'. Personally, I am waiting for supermegabooks before splurging on a new laptop.

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Morg is not lieing, with my old phone I could 60% of the time tell when I was about to get a text or phone call, as my unshielded speakers would start going "BURRRR-BUP-BUP-BUP-BUP-BURRRR".

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Nationwide DOUBLES card payments in fresh banking gaffe

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By your logic, if everyone complained we might get a useful downtick in unemployment. So, please, everyone complain!

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Re: The marketing people will be happy.

This is true, but 'British mutual financial institution-bashing' just isn't as catchy.

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Apple CEO: Frothing fanboi iPhone 5 hype screwed our sales

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Re: Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened

So, as an example, my brother in law bought my sister an engraved iphone 3GS from the Plymouth Apple store for her birthday. In between buying it and her birthday, Apple released the iphone 4, he took it back there, they swapped it no questions, despite the custom engraving.

For a less "it happened to me so therefore it is policy" example here are some examples from around the net you downvoting !$%^.

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Re: we try very hard to keep our product roadmap secret and confidential

I know you've used the troll icon here, but Apple are actually quite good at handling that. Normally Apple will allow you to trade in your old one for a new one if unopened, or give you a hefty itunes voucher. Phone or drop in to an Apple store.

Course, if you bought from O2 or Carphone Warehouse, bad luck chum.

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TMS puts the boot into flash

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Re: Baffled now.

Indeed, if Aggers, Blowers and Sir Viv have rubbished it, it must be useless. Yea flash, talk nah.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg awarded privacy patent

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Re: Prior Art

Surely they get paid per application, rather than per patent that they issue. I can't imagine that if you apply for a patent and it is denied, that you do not pay anything.

In which case, if the USPTO simply wanted to maximise revenue they would reject each patent application outright, forcing each patent to be re-submitted at least once before approval.

(In reality, you pay a filing fee in order for the patent to be examined, and pay a maintenance fee every X years, so maybe they just think the more on the books, the more they will make)

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Yes, yes, the Olympics are near. But what'll happen to its IT afterwards?

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Re: I smell some sport!

Oh, some bitter non Londoner. Have you been paying extra council tax for 5 years to have these games? No? Then pipe out.

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Expert: EU Microsoft competition fine could reach $7bn

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Re: What a ridiculous situation

Are you trolling?

MS have/had an OS monopoly that they unfairly abused to gain a browser monopoly. The EU fined them because they refused to do anything about it, the fine gets ratcheted every time they "accidentally" stop obeying the ruling.

Google have a monopoly on search, which they use to promote their own services above others and subsidize other, non profitable services so that they under cut similar services provided by other companies. Once they have achieved a dominant market position, they ramp up prices. The EU are considering whether this is anti-competitive.

Apple, as many gleefully tell us, have neither a monopoly on phones, nor on their OS, app store or music store, so what they force/require their users to do is irrelevant; they can simply use a different phone.

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PayPal is bleeding market share and it's all eBay's fault

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Another banging open source column

Thanks Matt

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Devolo dLAN 500Mb/s powerline network adaptor review

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…enough latency compensation to deal with any the powerline adaptors add.

It would have been nice to measure and quantify this for us. Do these adaptors add in the order of 0.1ms, or in the order of 20 ms?

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Raspberry Pi rolls out speed surge Raspbian OS

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@Bill Smith

You forgot to use the troll icon matey.

The Pi is not a PC, it is a cheap ARM based SoC motherboard that you can do whatever the fuck you want with, including making a cheap ARM based PC out of it, if you so desire.

If you don't want to buy a SoC motherboard, then don't buy one.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

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Re: Oh Joy @ Boris

Hello! It looks like you're trying to troll on the internet...

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Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu

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"Cedega" or "Play on Linux" are just Wine.

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Lego ponders Portal pack

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@SpaMaster

Who do you think buys the kids their lego sets?

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Fukushima powerplant owner forced to cough teleconference vids

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Re: "a triumph for nuke power"

I don't get this argument. We dig up radioactive material that is decaying in the ground, concentrate it together and use the side effects of the decay to generate electricity. We then put it in big concrete boxes, and stick it back in the ground. What's the big fucking deal?

Fukushima is no more a disaster in progress than Sizewell or Civaux.

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

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Re: iPads in the enterprise

"We have meetings where some bring Ipads and some bring laptops"

The ones with ipads are playing Angry Birds. It's a hint the meetings are too dull :)

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NVIDIA Developer Zone, user forums plundered in hack attack

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Re: There is only one way to stop passwords being stolen from a web server

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it

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Yahoo! hack! leaks! 453,000! unencrypted passwords!

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Re: How many times people?

A hash is not an encryption. You should not encrypt your passwords, but generate a salted hash from them.

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Expert: BA doesn't need permission to google your face

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Re: LOL

Now I want to click the link. At work.

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O2, GiffGaff network goes titsup for unlucky punters

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You don't have any affiliation, but post an affiliate link? Well done.

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Fusion-io server strokers show off 2.6TB RAM extension

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Re: Simplifying?

When a program tries to access an address in swapped out memory, it generates a page fault. The OS then has to locate an unused page, or a page that has not recently been used, move that out to disk, load the requested page from disk and insert it into the page map.

Under this system, the page fault is eliminated. When the program tries to access a page, it is not paged out, it is on the FusionMemory device, on DRAM or on disk. When most of the data you need to access is on DRAM, or can be intelligently put on DRAM by the FusionMemory device, you get massive speed ups.

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Re: Simplifying?

Hold up guys, AC's guessed the secret. Fusion must be crazy-mad now!

This is not "swap on SSD on PCIe", its way more than that. It consists of multiple layers of caching, some DRAM, some SSD, moving data intelligently between the layers. If your application suits, the speed ups are massively impressive. If it doesn't, then they are just impressive.

Don't trust me, read the docs.

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UK's brazen copyright land grab sneaked into Enterprise Bill

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Re: And in what public forum

I wanted to show the kids some sort of sci-fi/fantasy epic on the goggle box tonight, so I found this lovely artistic work called "Avengers" on something called a pirate bay. I performed a diligent search and found that this is an orphaned work (as far as I can tell) - there were no attributions where I found the content, at any rate.

Anyways, since this abandoned piece of work is going missed by the general populace, I've run off a couple of thousand on DVD, selling them for £2 a pop in the car park of my local. I'm collecting 20p per DVD to give to the copyright agency, so its all good right?

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

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Re: Where on earth are you getting your numbers from?

I did the read the previous post, it was full of bullshit. Mechanical devices with moving parts fail quicker than non mechanical devices without moving parts. Just because your dear old dad soldered on blown transistors doesn't make this less true.

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Re: Where on earth are you getting your numbers from?

SSDs do not have moving parts and are more reliable than spinning rust. They do have a shortish life time, due to limited write cycles.

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Intel pops $4.1bn to save Moore's Law from repeal

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Re: OCP

Worst description of zaibatsu ever. Besides which, zaibatsu don't even exist now, at most they are keiretsu.

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Re: Forgive my ignorance, I know nothing about Android

You can't actually install the Kindle app yet, it isn't compatible.

I'm sure it will be soon.

Welcome to the world of choice!

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Re: "aren't always in arms reach of a hotspot."

No 3G = no GPS. No GPS = no gorgeous mapping apps.

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Comcast makes up with Boxee after cable encryption spat

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Good for Boxee

But a bit shitty for anyone else who wants to come along and compete - no market share = no leverage = no agreement with comcast = no decryption goodies for any newcomer.

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