* Posts by Tom 38

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: And now my turn,

My tips are:

Eat less, move more.

Your diet is not the food you eat when you are trying to lose weight, it is the food you eat all the time. You will not lose weight by trying to briefly change your existing food, you need to permanently alter the food you consume.

Arrange your diet so you are hungry when you are at work and asleep - work keeps you distracted, use tea and fruit as a further distraction, eat early in the evening so that you are feeling a bit peckish when you go to bed. It's not that eating late at night is bad for you, it's that if you are going to be hungry for 8 hours, its best to do it when you are unconscious as you will probably eat less.

Your weight is on a cycle. Don't get down on yourself until you understand your weight cycle. Always weigh yourself at the same time of day. You can lose/gain 3-6lb solely by dehydrating/over-hydrating yourself - don't.

Don't be too anal about measuring things. It's good to know roughly how many calories you are shoving down the pie hole, you don't need to weigh your fruit + veg. I've lost over 100lb, I've never calculated my BMR, TDEE nor weighed my food nor tracked my exercise nor recorded my daily weights. I measure my weight once a day, and record it about once every 2-3 months, to check on overall rates - that's it.

Low fat, low sugar, reduced and balanced carbs, slightly reduced protein. Anything you eat, think "is there something I can eat that is tastier than this and better for me?" and have that instead. Use NLP to change your thinking so that it is tastier for you.

Make eating a ritual. Eating an apple? Cut it up into 32 equal sized slices first. It will last longer, you spend more time thinking "Mmm. apple.", and it is a more satisfactory experience.

Most importantly, there is a human endocrine signal that most people call hunger. This signal developed when we were hunter-gathererers, and it lets us know that "hey buddy! we're going to need some food down here sometime soon. You'd better go hunting and gathering PDQ". Thing is, we don't need that signal anymore, food is everywhere, and so we treat that signal as "hey buddy! go eat something!". Learn to tolerate this signal. When you get it, look over to the fridge full of food and say "job done, done my gathering". Don't eat something until you do get the "go eat something" signal, which is unmissable when it gets there, or it is time to eat something.

I think the last one is the most crucial part of any will power driven exercise - identify the feeling, learn to tolerate/love the feeling, and live with it.

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Re: artificial sweeteners make you fat

Nah, eating lots of calories makes you fat. You are saying that consuming artificial sweeteners makes you prone to consume more calories overall, which may be true.

If you want to lose weight, then if you have to choose between a Coke and a Diet Coke, the Diet Coke is the better choice. If you are going to choose between a Coke, a Diet Coke and an Evian, the Evian is the better choice.

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Re: A personal experience

I always thought that the BMI stuff was bollocks too, but I think it is largely right if you are of average size.

I wasn't just a little tubby, I was morbidly obese and unfit. I'm a smidgen under 6ft, and weighed over 20 st/285lb/130kg, a BMI of 37, and was massively fed up of it.

I quit smoking (ish), and cut my diet to around 1000 calories per day - 3 satsumas for breakfast, an Eat noodle salad and another satsuma for lunch, more satsumas in the afternoon, and an M&S "Fuller for Longer" ready meal with some extra veg, and lots of cups of tea during the day.

1000 calories a day is damn hard. At the start, I'd keep failing to keep to it, but eventually, your stomach shrinks, and you feel less hungry all the time as a result, and the number of days a week where you fail gets smaller and smaller.*

At the same time, I started doing more exercise. Not actual "put on special exercising clothes" exercise; I walked to the station after work as fast as possible without sweating too much for 20 minutes. If it starts taking less than 20 minutes to get to that station, go a different route.

This diet and moderate exercise has let me lose weight regularly at the rate of 2lb a week; I've been doing it just over a year now, and I've lost about 105 lb, or 7 stone. My waist has gone from 46" to 34" - I have had to buy new trousers and belts almost every other month...

This was about BMI, right? So, the interesting thing about losing so much weight is that I have passed through every BMI stage apart from "Underweight" in the last year. For me, they all seemed pretty on the ball. I was definitely still overweight when I was "Overweight (25-30)", and I still have some more to lose now. When I was 14 stone I was sure that another 7lb would do it, now I am 12st 10lb, and I still think another 7lb needs to come off. I'm not a beanstalk either, I have very broad chest and shoulders.

My BMI now is around 24.5, which puts me in the "Healthy" category, but I'm still dieting to remove the last of my visceral fat and doing some more intensive exercise (couch 2 5k) to try and tighten up my loose skin.

* I changed the diet after about 8 months, as I found a) I was getting slightly bored of satsumas, and b) there was not enough roughage in that diet (Pro tip: do not get dehydrated when eating a diet with poor roughage..). Changed breakfast to two weetabix, a banana and the smallest amount of milk possible to make it edible, and I now mix and match my fruits, satsumas, pears, apples, peaches, nectarines; whatever looks good at the corner store.

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Re: Moving the goals?

Obese is defined (in these wailing articles) strictly by BMI.

BMI is not meant to be a personal indicator of health, it is meant to be a way of grouping huge numbers of people for statistically similar outcomes.

For you personally, BMI 30 is not really obese, but for all people with BMI 30, you are a statistical outlier. This doesn't mean that BMI is not a useful macro measurement, but that it is not particularly useful for you.

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Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease

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Re: Other search engines?

We're debating the merits of the system and who should be responsible for the data in question. You appear to be suggesting that irrelevant data should be available on the web but not searchable. If it is irrelevant, ask to have it removed from the web and it will, you know, fall off the search database too.

Actually, I'm not suggesting anything, just explaining what the law says and why google have to take these things down.

I agree, if you want something gone, remove it from the web, don't remove it from the search index.

The law however says something different. Google operate a database of personal information - names - along with keywords which link to webpages, which we would normally call their search index.

The contents of that database of personal information that google maintain has to be relevant, and data subjects can make applications for irrelevant information to be removed from the database.

That is all. Well, that and that Putting. Things. In. Single. Word. Sentences. Doesn't. Make. It. True. Just. Because. You. Would. Like. It. To. Be.

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Re: Other search engines?

>> If a search engine provides results pertaining to an individual, then they have some

>> responsibility to keep those results accurate and relevant

No. They. Don't

Is sticking your head in the ground and going "LALALALALALALA" working at all for you?

ECJ ruled that search engines, by associating peoples names and search terms with pages, were forming a database keyed by that users name. This is the basis of the "right to be forgotten", the entries in that database are said to not be relevant, and since Google operate that database, they are responsible for keeping the contents of that database relevant.

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Dairy Queen cuts the waffle, says bank cards creamed in 395 eateries

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Re: Time to reinvent the wheel...

But cash CAN be stolen...or counterfeited...

I'll never forget the time I got done over by counterfeiters, they took my wallet, made me sit there for 3 days while they traced the £20 note and made copies before giving it back to me and letting me go. Bloody counterfeiters.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Bet Who's Farm

Yes, unsurprisingly, people who both own and run their own business have more to lose than someone who simply runs someone else's business.

If Jane and John decide not to actually run their sandwich shop, and ask Bob to do it instead, paying him a wage and live off the profits he produces, then Bob is risking nothing and only Jane and John are risking their business. That's fine though because it is Jane and John's business how they run their business.

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Re: Bet Who's Farm

C level "talent" is hired by the board in order to run the company. The board are given power to do this by the shareholders, who do in fact own the company - it's their farm.

So when Elop comes in and "bets the farm", you are complaining that it is not his farm to bet, how dare he. He is the chosen instrument of the owners, who have chosen to bet their farm via a proxy. If he screws it up, the people who chose him lose their money.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

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Re: Can someone tell me...

Many reasons. Colour requires 3 discrete channels/measurements per pixel, which reduces the resolution of your sensor compared to simply measuring amplitude as you need to pack 3 sensors per pixel instead of one. It also increases the bandwidth required to transmit the image, since you have to send three times as much data back to earth.

Secondly, it's quite dark in space, Rosetta does not carry a massive flash bulb array with which to illuminate 67P, and to get good colour reproduction in your sensors requires incident light of the right colours.

Finally, this instrument, OSIRIS, stands for Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System, so I suspect that the "image" we see is not purely an optical capture from the camera but a computer assisted rendering from several sensor sources, of which only the optical could possibly be in colour. The last one is wild speculation on my part, I don't know enough about OSIRIS.

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: works fine for me

Funny that, works fine on the N-1, how about N-3?

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: Sub-Components consumer ?? try a REAL parts jobber...

Capitalism acts to raise prices for *everything* as high as the market will bear.

You say this like it is a bad thing. The definition of "price" is whatever you can persuade someone else to pay for an item - if you can't persuade someone else to buy it, its not worth what you are selling it at. If you can, well done.

You say that this raises prices, but then with the caveat "as the market will bear". If you raise the price too high, your competitors can undercut you and people will not buy from you.

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Re: Thats the point!

a good ol' 200 hundred quid bike

Crikey, £20,000 for a bike?

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Re: Thats the point!

Work is ±5 miles door to door from home. Too old and buggered to walk it - 1 hour & 45 minutes at 3 mph (without the rest breaks).

Walk it 300 times and a) you'll be walking significantly faster than 3mph and b) you'll no longer be too buggered to walk 5 miles. I used to be too buggered to walk 5 miles, I now regularly walk 6 miles home from work at ~4.5 mph (takes me 1:15-1:30, depending on how busy Bethnal Green Road is). Build up in small steps, it's easy.

Car is 10 minutes each way and take two litres of petrol - £2.70 say.

Since you are painting this as a straight economic decision, does purchasing the car, taxing the car, insuring the car and maintaining the car amortize down to less than £1 per trip?

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Re: Oh please...

Lennart, your programs may be useful, they tend to not follow UN*X philsophy. Buy The UNIX Programming Environment and Software Tools. Read them to the point you have almost memorized them. Then if you still want to do programming, do things that follow in that philosophy.

Lennart has read them.. and then heavily criticised them. His vision is the only way forward.

Fortunately, his vision precludes seeing BSD even exists, so you can still get a UNIX environment without any of Lennart or Kay's bullshit baked in.

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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Re: 3.

Who isn't listening here? The helpdesk person asked Lord Lien 3 times whether they had rebooted their phone, and he just keeps blathering about going in to a different town? Fascinating, BUT HAVE YOU REBOOTED YOUR PHONE?

The first answer to all IT problems is always "Have you tried turning it off then on again?", anyone who comes to me with an IT problem who hasn't done that yet or won't answer whether they have done that...

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OK, companies should provide the service you pay for, but "pathetic" for one single outage? If Three continually had spaffy connections maybe, but generally they are very good.

Raging on the internet because you briefly (evidently) have no internet? #notevensurprised

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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Re: There are lies ...

Simply dividing apples by oranges like that is only going to

…give you the apple:orange ratio?

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

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Re: "Free" if you're paying Compuserve $30 an hour?!

This is hugely valid point, because in the 80s and 90s we paid for internet access and now we don't... oh wait, that's not right....

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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With UPnP+, devices communicate using XMPP – originally the foundation of Jabber – and can be managed by effectively joining them to a chat room, which would typically represent a room in your home.

Seriously? The best protocol they could come up with is that IoT are IRC bots, and their chosen implementation of IRC involves using XML?

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Hey Brit taxpayers. You just spent £4m on Central London ‘innovation playground’

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Dear Sirs

This Steve Bong article seems to be missing any reference to Garland of Flowers?

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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

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Re: Desk Jockey The pimps!

Firstly, I understand it was a freelancer that sold the story to the Mirruh. Whilst the freelancer could be accused of using a shotgun approach, by the time it was presented to the Mirruh he had hit a definitive target.

I don't think so. From what I've heard, he proposed the idea "target Tory MPs with flirty fishing until we get a knob pic", Mirror approved the plan, and then he went after a list of MPs. Pritchard was the 4th or 5th MP that he had tried to get a response from.

It is this lack of target that makes it entrapment for me. There was no story that Pritchard was diddling party activists, no smoke that made them look for fire. They simply came up with a peccadillo that might tempt many middle aged men in to doing something stupid.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: In other news water is wet

Sorry, you've changed your phone 15 times in 16 years and you think everyone else doesn't take good care of their phones?

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Re: Apple are bloody delusional:

It's fairly common these days for manufacturers to do their own RMA and defect handling post sale. If you order from several UK distributors, they even include a list of manufacturers to whom you should direct support queries at (and not them; if you contact the retailer, they will tell you to contact the manufacturer directly).

Here's a list for overpriced tat merchant overclockers UK:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/supportdetails.php#opt5

This is a case of the rights you have against the retailer being provided by the manufacturer by agreement with the retailer.

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Hollywood's made an INTELLIGENT science vs religion film?!

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Re: "cites disproving the existence of God"

Our blind spots alone (due to poor wiring) are a mistake no intelligent designer would make. If God did that, he's unworthy of the title and should step down and call for a new election.

I now bring up "Religion Uber Counter #415": "God's will is ineffable, the blind spots are there for His plan only (presumably something amusing in the 3rd Act.)"

I love the word "ineffable", it falls into a bracket of words that are onomatopoeically pleasing

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SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches

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Re: Because the flaws were very different

Most people doing things like PHP CGI aren't using most of the features of even the simplest standard shell. I have to wonder if the solution would be a minimalist shell substitute that Apache or Nginx (or whatever) called instead of the default shell and which provided just the features needed.

lolwut?

CGI does not use shells.

Apache/Nginx/whatever do not invoke a shell to invoke a CGI app

The only CGI applications which utilize shells are CGI scripts written in a shell language

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Re: Because the flaws were very different

Not sure why anyone would downvote it?

There were several things that are factually incorrect, system(3) has always been uncool for many many reasons, '/bin/sh' was a long time ago "the" bourne shell, not a symlink to bash (which is a Linux-ism, no other UNIX does that), several others. If you are a factual pedant, you might downvote for those reasons.

(I'm not the downvoter!)

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Actually more than one religion notes this, Genesis has the spirit of God moving over the waters of the earth, pre-creation; the Enuma Elish (Babylonians) has everything coming from a primordial salt water entity

More than one religion or variations of the same religion?

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Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished

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Re: what else lurks

bash is like a gun - powerful and dangerous, but fairly safe if kept in a locked cabinet ("Authentication"). If you leave it lying around or your kids get the keys to the cabinet, bypassing the safety mechanisms - Then you have a problem!

The problem with shellshock is that this is true, but bash was not being kept in the cabinet - most Linux distros use bash as their shell interpreter "/bin/sh" which means that every single time you invoke a command using the shell, it invokes bash. Most other UNIX like operating systems do not use bash as their "/bin/sh", they use "sh".

The attack vectors for shell shock involve passing spurious environment variables to bash - Linux servers that invoke CGI shell scripts are particularly vulnerable, because the CGI spec specifies that arguments are passed as environment variables, making it trivial to provide a URL argument - without authentication - that triggers the parsing bug (and it is a bug, bash executes commands that it should not. There is expected behaviour for this scenario - ie it is not the result of undefined behaviour - and bash fails to meet the expectation. Classic bug).

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

So presumably, you now "design" interfaces that look just like the ones from the 1980's?

The Apple style is a blatant rip-off of CDE - everyone loves CDE.

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<i<Freya is fast, so fast you might walk away wondering why GNOME 3 and Unity, which both have much bigger development teams, aren't this fast. </i>

Asked and answered? Freya is simpler and does less, GNOME 3 and Unity are complex and do more. Doing more takes longer.

There was a point when Firefox was a fast and efficient web browser - when it was called Phoenix 0.1 and just rendered web pages. Now it has UI magic menus though!

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Xen security bug, you say? Amazon readies GLORIOUS GLOBAL CLOUD REBOOT

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Re: First BASHing

There's presumably also a bash vulnerability on the host....

Any why would that require a VM to be restarted? Where do you think bash fits in to KVM?

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Re: First BASHing

Is it not about the BASH vuln? Xen might be a side fix:

Why would a bash vulnerability on the guest cause all the VMs to be rebooted?

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: even if he did...

how valid is your constitution when you have sedation acts which means the government can do whatever they like to you if you act against them?

They give you Valium and Xanax?

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Move over, Apple Pay: Tesco trials PayQwiq phone-flash pay app

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Solution looking for a problem

There is little I want less than contactless payment systems. If my bank send me a contactless card I will cut it up and send them back to them, if they don't catch on I'll switch bank, if no banks will offer non contactless I'll stop using debit cards and go back to depositing my pay in cash and doing counter withdrawals.

For months, TFL have been banging on about "card clash" and ensuring that we don't keep our oyster card near our credit cards - why would I want a system that means I need to have two wallets and with the added fun of easily being charged twice, it is just moronic.

What is the "friction of paying for things"? The only difference between contactless and chip+PIN is that you push the card in to a reader and tap in a PIN - how much friction can happen in 3 seconds?

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Ab phab: Apple is Britain's coolest brand YET AGAIN

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Re: Idiots

I assure you, Android is a brand. Have you never seen the little green android icon? This is called branding. Google even tell you how they want you to use it.

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When things become less exclusive it is time for a change.

Surely it is time for a change when the device no longer does what you want it to do - or to put it another way, doesn't this just show that you valued the exclusivity of the device more than the functionality?

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Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

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Re: Why does the Moon have gravity?

Sorry to be an absolute pedant, but my statement "All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on other physical bodies with mass" does not in fact preclude physical bodies with mass from exerting a gravitational effect on other things, things that perhaps are not relevant to modelling a video game?

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Why does the Moon have gravity?

All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on other physical bodies with mass. I guess your question is really "why does the Moon have so much gravity in-game?", to which the answer is "gameplay is crap without it".

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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I'm sorry, I think the US should be spending it's cash on bringing the basic necessities to it's provincial population before it piles billions into space.

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Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK

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Re: A little (bad) math

Well done, you've completely ignored the enclosure cost per bay, which includes many things and varies depending on how many bays you require - HBA controller to support that many drives, enclosures to plug in to HBA, ((140*3)/16)U rack space for enclosures, increased PDU demands....

For a system with 140 drives, you would need to have triple redundancy, because you also need to take in to account a single enclosure or HBA dropping away temporarily, by increasing redundancy, distributing disk arrays across enclosures and going multipath to the disks.

Then, after a year of use, look forward to replacing a hard drive at least every other month.

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iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!

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Re: WebGL Demo

My favourite is the eye:

http://www.vill.ee/eye/

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A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND

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Re: Return of the Ramdisk?

SSDs (even consumer, especially prosumer like this) have supercaps to handle this, and they do not have large write cache like spinning HDD (its virtually just as easy to actually write it than to store it in a cache, and then write it), so you do not have so many problems with corruption due to "synched" writes actually only making it to the write cache.

Most modern OS have available a COW filesystem, combined with supercaps this makes unexpected power out whilst writing actually behave better on an SSD system than a HDD system.

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Re: BSD

Remind me again what kernel underlies OSX and IOS (not the Cisco one)?

OS X runs on a kernel called XNU, iOS on a kernel called Darwin; both are derived from Mach. Not sure you know what your point is....

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Multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) and smartphone OSes (Android, BlackBerry and, yes, iOS) are supported by malware used by police and intelligence agencies around the world

Typical, like everyone else they completely ignore the BSDs ;)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Why this fascination on the panel? Selling panels is a mugs game, people tend not to regularly upgrade their panel, people tend not to make impulse panel buys.

If Apple do make a play, it will be if they can get media exclusives/cheap content/pay TV for Apple TV and make a concerted UI, interface and apps push.

Yep, still looking quite unlikely that the TV/film media will willingly throw themselves on the fire.

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Work in the tech industry? The Ukraine WAR is coming to YOU

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Re: Sanctions

Yes, they strengthen the regime's INTERNAL hold on power, but it significantly weakens them with respect to the outside world, especially in smaller cases (Cuba, N korea) with limited local resources.

And it's worked well in Cuba hasn't it? 50 years on, the US's crushing sanctions have.... done fuck all.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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I can think of one use (a whole 1!): Exercise. If you want to listen to your tunes as you go jogging, you've got several options currently: waistband (eurgh), in your pocket (eurgh + broken phone when it eventually falls out), in your backpack (eurgh) or strapped on to your arm¹ like you are some kind of cyborg (actually, I kind of fancy being some kind of cyborg).

A touch sensitive watch that beams my cheesy 90s eurodance to my headphones would be dead neat. Plus, it would actually be in a place that you can look at and touch, so you don't look like a wally trying to prod your arm because you've somehow put "Scooter" on repeat.

Not sure it is £200 worth of dead neat though.

¹ Interestingly, I was going for the anatomically pedantically correct definition of the "upper arm" (this is The Register after all). Turns out it is "arm" - the bit below the elbow apparently is not part of your arm, but your "forearm". Who knew?

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: 420 patent applications

I think Tom's point was that the way you get 420 patents from a vacuum cleaner that uses a bunch of existing concepts, is to split each any every conceivable 'invention' into the smallest possible parts

No, it was really just about getting baked. Weekend anyone?

Nuke smoking alien from Mars Attacks! --->

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