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* Posts by Tom 38

2317 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

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

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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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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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China reveals new strategy of stockpiling rare earths

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Re: So what if they are stockpiling?

Wages? Wages?

In 7 years, Chinese labour costs will be similar to Romania, in 14 years, close to Italy. That's what happens when you have massive trade surplus and consistent 7-10% inflation every single year, whilst the rest of the world is in deflation.

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So what if they are stockpiling?

I thought the reason why China has a monopoly on rare earths is that they are the only people mining them, the others having given up because it requires lots of chemical processing to get the required metals (NIMBY-averse) and (effectively) China do it cheaper.

China now want to not rape their country quite so much, so are trying to close down the more dodgy ones. Before they do this, they need a stockpile of rare metals, since their economy depends a lot on producing the tech products that these metals are required for.

If by stockpiling and not mining this drives the price of rare earth metals up, then that will make mines elsewhere in the world profitable again, and remove the Chinese monopoly on rare earth metals.

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UK is first class for train Wi-Fi in Europe

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NightFox, what network? My tablet is 02, and my phone is 3. On a train journey from London to Ipswich, I rarely lose 3G on my phone - just one or two deadspots - but my tablet is exactly as you describe. I think O2 are just a bit shit.

My 3 phone has no signal in more places than when I was on O2, but I get 3G in far more places.

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

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Re: Why is battery life not a desirable feature anymore?

The battery on my iphone lasts for ages - admittedly, I'm not a particularly heavy user of it. For example, I took it off the charger on Monday morning. It hasn't been charged since, and the battery is at 38%, which is good enough for me.

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but an … update is imminent

Almost every Android review says this. I wonder how many do come through with the promised upgrade. I'll give the benefit of the doubt here - <3 Panny.

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Used software firms win small victory in shrinking on-premises world

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Re: @Gordan

Ah well that sucks - gues I'm stuck with my copy of CS:GO then. Any one want to pony up for a test case against Valve?

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@Gordan

You need to check out Steam again.

You can trade any item - game, or item from within a game - from one steam account to another, in return for other items or nothing. The transfer of money happens outside of Steam, Steam allows you to transfer the license to use a game to a different account.

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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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Irony

People bitching on the internet about their internet being down.

Also, I love the new "man in the street" approach seen on el reg and other sites: When a story breaks, find some "Outraged of Tunbridge Wells" on Twitter, post a screenshot of them #moaning #their #asses #off.

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Apple faces Italian shutdown over warranty skulduggery

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Re: one eyed view of the world

I dunno why you bother ticking the AC box "Obviously!"

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Re: It's not the Italian law only - it's an EU directive

Right, that is them following the letter of the law. There is a 2 year warranty, but after 6 months it is your responsibility to show that the defect was caused by Apple, and not by your use/misuse of the device. Usually, this is impossible to do.

I understand your anger, but it seems like you don't fully understand your statutory rights. This consumer website explains much more clearly than I can about your rights:

http://whatconsumer.co.uk/returning-damaged-or-faulty-goods/

http://whatconsumer.co.uk/how-long-should-it-last/

One of the best ways to avoid issues with a phone you will use on a contract is to buy it from the network. It is very hard for a retailer to sell you a subsidized phone on a 24 month contract and claim that the devices lifetime is less than 2 years, and gives you a local company to hassle over warranty.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Re: Cockups happen

@Chris_W

Sounds like you've never done proper change management. A change like running "DELETE * FROM CUSTOMER_TABLE WHERE CUSTOMER_ID = 5;" under a proper change management procedure isn't tapped in by some developer on the DB console.

Instead, it is a change - a data migration. Someone writes a small module to effect that change, the module is tested against sample data, verified to be correct by both tests and code inspection, verified on a replica of the production system and then finally performed on the real data.

This doesn't necessarily stop all errors; the automated tests could be inadequate, this could be missed by code inspection, and a bad change is deployed. However, it does eliminate "fat finger syndrome".

Obviously, all of this is a lot more work than just tapping away at a console. Depending upon your project and requirements, you may want changes to happen more easily than that (your bosses would call this being "agile", I know, the irony), but then you have to accept that more syntax and semantic errors will reach your production code base.

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Re: wow, who the hell . . . . .

Pfft, AC, the 'wall' command is like the simplest command to know on BSD...

Isn't there some law that says if you say that you are above making mistakes, the text saying so will contain at least one mistake?

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Re: There is a trust option,...

The thought of having BCS representing me in any kind of official capacity terrifies me far more than the prospect of losing my job.

IT does run the world, it is a shame we cannot fully unionize. Bob Crow and the RMT think that tube drivers control London, imagine if all the techies went on strike.

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BBC TV boss George Entwistle nabs director general post

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Radio 4 not for rich people

Just intelligent people.

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Re: His Most Important Asset MISSED!

Definitely not right wing, he works for Aunty.

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Orange San Diego Intel-based Android phone

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Re: Orange-only?

So buy it on PAYG, unlock it and stick an O2 SIM in it.

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Re: storage

iPhone 3G came out in 2008 and has 128MB RAM and a 412 MHz CPU.

Huawei G300 came out in 2012 and has 512MB RAM and a 1 GHz CPU.

But no, you're right, they are totally comparable...

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Re: battery life

Only pure Java apps run totally in dalvik. Things like games are often compiled specifically for ARM, and those run in an ARM emulator.

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YouView launches with pricey premium DVR

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I will definitely get YouView

Presuming of course that it is built in to the next TV I intend to buy in, ooh, 5 years time.

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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WTF?

I expect the thumbs down when I say something that praises Apple, but that post is just bare facts - how can you downvote facts?

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iOS dominates high end smartphone sales.

It doesn't even compete at the low end, which is where Android's domination is greatest.

Samsung expect to 'sell'* 10 million Galaxy S 3 by the end of July (2 months after launch).

In a similar period*** after launch Apple sold** 37 million iPhones.

* Usual sales BS applies, this number refers to shipped units and not sales

** From Apple's first quarter results, 2012

*** Note Apple figure refers to a full quarter, where as Samsung's is over 2 months.

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Obvious is obvious

Phone sales of a marquee brand like the iPhone or Galaxy S are always sold on contract. The phones are always introduced in a cycle to prompt previous purchasers to upgrade to the latest version.

Therefore, there is an almighty sales rush as the new devices are launched, and for 6 months or so afterwards, before it tails off - at some point, (almost) everyone who is going to get said phone already has said phone.

So, iPhone 4S sales are tailing off in the UK, 8 months after it has launched, whilst Galaxy S3 sales are quite high, 1 month after launch. Colour me shocked.

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Leap second bug cripples Linux servers at airlines, Reddit, LinkedIn

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Re: <<-- Smug twat

You cannot compare Linux and BSD. One is a disparate set of software packages cobbled together by a distributor, and the other is an operating system lovingly crafted since 1977.

But in the real world, the main differences are:

(Free|Open|Net)BSD are all complete OS, rather than a set of base packages.

Less hardware support for BSD.

BSD is fully documented, Linux, not so much.

BSD is not tainted by FSF dogma.

No/little GPL code - ever decreasing amounts.

ZFS support (see 'No FSF dogma above').

DTrace support (ditto).

Linux tends to have better package management tools*.

BSD has jails, which are like VMs, but without the overhead.

The biggest plus TBH is that we've been using it for so long we know where everything is. I don't doubt we could use Linux just as effectively, but we would have to learn it all again.

* One plus for BSD in package management is that it doesn't do that brain dead linux tradition of splitting packages up into 'libfoo' and 'libfoo-dev' - what kind of fucked up brain thinks not installing the header files for a library is a good idea - y'know, the stuff that actually allows you to use the API presented by the library.

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Samsung asks for US Galaxy Nexus ban to be lifted pending appeal

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Re: Beg pardon?

Yeah, I do mean that license. If you notice, the judge threw it out - Xerox agreed to allow Apple to use their tech in return for an investment in Apple, Xerox got sold and realised that Apple made a shedload of money from Xerox ideas, got greedy and tried to claw some of it back. The judge told them to get screwed.

Fandroids - unstoppable hype machines.

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