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* Posts by Tom 38

2327 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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