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27 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009

Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Come back IBM 9020D, all is forgiven...

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Reg man bested in geek-to-geek combat - in World War 3 nerve centre

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Neathishead was certainly never target number one or the most secret place in Britain during the cold war! Even in terms of the RAF I'm sure Strike Command / Air Ops HQ at High Wycombe would have been a higher priority, not to mention the Burlington/Turnstile/Chanticleer bunker in Corsham...

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Oi, Microsoft, where's my effin' toolbar gone?

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I particularly loved how easy Word made it to change a page in the middle of a document to landscape orientation when the rest of the document was in portrait...guaranteed to be 10 minutes of teeth gnashing leading to inevitable urges to throw laptop out of nearest window.

That said...Pages and Libre/Open Office have nothing to be smug about, they are both equally as crap as Word in many other ways. Tried to change background colour of a page in Pages, but it seems you can't do that...whilst OpenOffice seems to have be written with a key design goal of ensuring the user has to spend a good 10 minutes hunting around menus and ultimately Google to find out how to do something that is immediately apparent in Word...

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Oracle extends Linux support to 10 years

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Re: Re: Oracle vs. Red Hat?

You know that raw clock speed is absolutely not the point of a mainframe, right? A good analogy is a Porsche compared with a freight train...i.e. not really comparable! For all the criticism of mainframes, for many workloads they are untouchable, with some very clever features like sysplex that commodity x86 hardware struggles to provide...you get what you pay for, etc

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Apple lures Dixons boss Browett to run global retail biz

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Dixons well known for the superior in-store experience...

So can we expect clueless halfwits trying to flog us Apple kit in future? No retailer should ever try to mirror the Dixons/PC World experience...

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US spy drone hijacked with GPS spoof hack, report says

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Megaphone

Or just a big sting operation?

No possibility that the US intelligence / military engineered a lot of this? Plant a deliberately simplified or otherwise messed up drone over Iranian airspace, "allow" them to take it over and capture it, maybe the ultimate Trojan horse? Then publically make lots of grumbling noises whilst privately sitting back and laughing their asses off, either having confirmed the type of EW capabilities the Iranians have or maybe even planting some kind of worm etc...also maybe throwing the Iranians well of the trail on how the latest stealth drones operate?

Also, how does one really jam GPS? It's presumably something that is a highly directional / LOS signal (SHF?), so I can use a directional antenna I assume because I know roughly where the signal will come from? And presumably I know the rough signal strength to be expected so I can discriminate against anything that is out of that expected range?

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is dead at 56

SharkNose

Not that big of a deal...

Nah, seriously, the industry needs more single minded visionaries like him, has left big shoes for Tim Cook to fill...RIP

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500 jobs threatened as Virgin Media shutters Liverpool call centre

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Admittedly been a couple of years since I used VM, but when I did, the Liverpool call centre seemed have the only people that were capable of doing anything more than following scripts, for example actually pro-actively looking at reported problems that weren't published on the service status pages.

Sky Broadband seems to have the same problem, I only ever get a decent response from call centre people with Scottish accents...

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Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

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Two platforms?

>I get the feeling OSX's days are numbered. Two platforms, I'm sure is a world of hurt.

Really? I thought iOS was derived from OS/X anyway. Surely it's just a matter of convergence, and that seems to be a big theme of Lion anyway, making it look and feel more like iOS...

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Glasgow cammer not thrown in slammer

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Infra-red

>To project on the screen, along with the movie (obviously in light visible to the human eye), something else in infra-red visible only to camcorders?

Wouldn't I just need to attach some kind of filter to my camera to make this plan a non-starter?

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MoD plans 'name and shame' crackdown on crap projects

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As usual...

Almost got away with a complete Lewis Page article without the usual mandatory slagging off the Eurofighter, but no, there it is as I read further down.

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Mac OS X Lion debuts in July as $29.99 upgrade

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Re The beginning of the end?

Ok, so when you go down the "dark and mysterious Linux path", will you not have to download the CD / DVD images to install said "dark and mysterious linux"? In my general experience with Linux, ever since I acquired broadband internet that has been the general means of obtaining installation and update media.

Presumably, if the download package is burnable to a DVD as someone suggested, I can quickly imagine a fairly lucrative black market opening up to provide copies to those who are unencumbered with modestly fast broadband.

Still don't think 4Gb is a ridiculous download though, we only have a medium speed Sky ADSL connection and I managed to download the entire 8 CDs to install CentOS in a few hours.

Also, I imagine a DVD is relatively useless to those people with a Macbook Air...seems a waste of time to go buy an external DVD drive just for this...

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Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' – crypto researcher

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ermmm....

Try FTPOnTheGo...brilliant little app that lets you download and store files on your iOS device. That said, apart from myself, I've never talked to anyone who complained about not being able to store files on their iPhone or iPad, most people are happy to install apps that use, store, and manager whatever data they need, rather than having to worry about files and directories like it's a PC...

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Comet owner boosted by closure rumours

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Better than they were?

Much as it pains me to say it, 'coz I hated PC World, since our local PC World and Currys merged and refurbished, they are a *lot* better than in the old days. Best Buy started out well and have a good stock selection but after only 6 months our local BB store never has any checkouts manned and you have to queue at the returns desk to pay; on three consecutive occasions I have waited for 10-15 minutes to pay whilst off-duty staff (in uniform) have had staff discounts or something similar applied.

Not so sure about some local specialists being better than the big boys. Parents bought a digital TV HDD recorder from Currys, first one failed and was replaced, after 18 months of hastle with second one (no failures just difficult/clunky to use), took it back to Currys and complained, were told to choose any recorder they liked as a replacement. Parent's friends bought something similar from local specialist, after three weeks hard disk failed, returned it and were told it wouldn't be exchanged and would be sent off to manufacturer for repair, still waiting after another five weeks for it to come back.

Comet sucks royally though, can't say they'll be missed. Every time I've ever tried to buy anything it's never in stock.

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Verizon iPad 2s suffer 3G blindness

SharkNose

N.T.B.O.A.D

Just use it on WiFi, not that big of a deal...

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Libya fighting shows just how idiotic the Defence Review was

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Flame

Usual BS again

Astonishing...I saw this article's tagline, guessed it would be by Lewis and thought, now what anti RAF drivel will this contain. Mr Page you didn't disappoint, more opinion masquerading as fact as ever, and even more fun, give the crabs a kicking!!

Now when will the government realise that all this country needs to defend itself is a bunch of minesweepers, maybe manned by ex-navy opinionated hacks who simply recycle the same stuff all the time.

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Firefox bloke blasts Microsoft IE 9 hardware acceleration claims

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Re You can tell what you want Mozilla...

Wow!! Awesome. I will look forward to using IE9 on my Mac and Linux machines as it's apparently so great...

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Traffic-light plague sweeps UK: Safety culture strangles Blighty

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Green Lanes

It was reported a year or so ago that some old legislation had been overturned preventing the creation of so called green lanes, where steady driving at or around the speed limit from a green light would lead to the vehicle reaching the next light whilst it was green. Previously apparently the treasury objected due to the perceived loss of revenue as less fuel would be consumed.

I'm amazed that the 'green' movement don't do more to promote getting cars moving and keeping them moving, this would have a profound environmental benefit; in my diesel golf, town/city driving with constant red light stops returns high 20s / low 30s MPG, at the same speeds without the constant stop / start I see mid 40s MPG figures.

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Fox promises all change at MoD

SharkNose

Not just at the top where money is wasted...

If the RV documentary I saw about the RN in the carribean last night is anything to go on there is profligate money wasting going on everywhere. Trying to sink an abandoned 'go fast' (speed boat used by smugglers) the RN crew first of all had a few pops with the main 4.5" gun, then sent up a chopper for the door gunners to have a crack, then closed the ship in to let the upper deck gun crews have a go with their 30mm cannon and miniguns. Which, other than probably costing £10,000+ had zero effect on the target, which was eventually dispatched by sending a couple of sailors over in to bang holes in it with axes.

Was also amazed to read a Reg article about the MoD that didn't include Lewis having a pop at the RAF in some way, standards are slipping!!

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Facebook facing fall-down issues

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@Jess...

@Jess...ok, I guess what I meant is that the peering / routing outbound from O2 would be the same, regardless of device....

Interesting information though!! The only time I ever got tethering to work on my iPhone 3G PAYG was when iOS4 was released, for some reason for a few days tethering appeared as an option and I didn't even get charged to use it (no bolt-on fee, didn't use up any credit). Since "upgrading" to the iPhone 4 the tethering option no longer appears....

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SharkNose

Strange results...

iPhone FB app on an O2 iphone works fine, trying to access FB via Safari from Mac using an O2 3G dongle doesn't, would assume the DNS would be the same for both...

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US woman sues again over XP 'downgrade', seeks class action

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Pirate

Why so many versions of Windows7?

Why does MS feel the need to have so many editions of Windows7? Why not simply sell "Windows 7" and be done with it, rather than home, hone premium, and god knows what else? Apple have it right, a single desktop OS edition.

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BA flights website grounded by snow

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Not expensive to keep LHR going

LHR handles what, 70m + passengers a year? An extra £5 levy per passenger for guaranteed operation in bad weather buys a hell of a lot of snow clearing equipment (especially amortised over 5 or 10 years) as well as a bunch of people to operate said equiptment.

Would I pay £5 extra on my ticket to not have lost 2 days of holiday? Hell yes.

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Royal Navy to get two carriers - but only one air group?

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Sounds sensible to me...

Surely this makes sense? With the Invincible class carriers, from memory, out of three ships, one was always in refit. Presumably with two carriers, there is still a good chance that one is being refitted and thus a single air group is all that is needed.

Not to mention that 50 F-35s plus helicopters would still make up two fairly significant air groups if both carriers were available, rather than putting all eggs in one basket on one ship. The two current in-service carriers couldn't deploy 50 harriers between them, let alone each.

I would like to see the F35 order binned (have we committed to it yet?), and spend some of that money fitting the carriers with arrester gear, and developing a navalised version of the Eurofighter...according to all the stories on here, we have way more EFs on order than the RAF could ever want...

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Most expensive RAF aircraft ever takes to the skies

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Usual anti-british bias...

Glad to see the usual anti-british / anti-RAF bias being maintained here...

Whilst the current martime threat to the UK may be non-existant, surely an in-depth defence capability means being able to deal with unexpected threats, not just those we face today. Always being backwards looking to what threats we *think* are around the corner is why our forces never had the right kit in either the Falklands or virtually any other conflict since.

And I believe the comms and intelligence kit in the MRA4 will enable it to do a *lot* more than simply just acting as a sub-hunter.

Cost-overruns and the incompetence of the government in almost any military procurement shouldn't hide the fact that the MRA4 will be the most-capable such platform in the world. The P8 is equally based on a 40+ year old airliner (737) and has the disadvantage that a single engine problem will render it unusable and have to return to base. The Nimrod was always built to be able to loiter on two engines alone, only needing all four for climb and cruise.

And would those Rivet Joint platforms that the MoD apparently wishes to buy be the very same as the RC-135 Rivet Joint used by the USAF? Last I checked this shares the same lineage as the Boeing 707, which, to be fair, is a good three or four years newer than the Comet :)

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Pressure group aghast at Hillingdon ID card scheme

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Boffin

@D Moss Esq

Re "the hillingdon demmand curve"

Not sure I agree. You assume that everyone in "Set A" is already a customer of those businesses. If they aren't, then by utilising the incentive card as a means to generate extra business, how have the local businesses lost out? I also can't see how the members of "Set B" have the incentive to use those businesses reduced. The price to them is not increased, so by your own reckoning, e.g. "Assume that demand rises as prices fall and vice versa", as the price has not reduced or increased to "set b", demand should remain constant.

I would be more worried as a local business once other municipalities begin introducing similar schemes, as this would be more likely to incentivise "set b" to use businesses other than those in Hillingdon.

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O2 does Apple-flavour customer service

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Lots of strange behaviour with O2 and iPhone at the moment

I was in Joburg with my O2 pay-as-you-go iPhone when the roaming problems cropped up. Couldn't top up for some reason, so had no credit on the phone whatsoever. Couldn't get any network signal, yet remarkably data worked absolutely fine, emails coming through, could browse the interweb, all seemingly for free, as there was no credit on the phone to pay roaming charges!!

Spending the last couple of days in London with the phone was a nightmare. Patchy or non-existent cover, 3G constantly dropping out to edge or worse, even when there was a 3G signal, mail and web apps would just sit trying to connect. Restarting phone, or toggling 3G on/off seems to help sometimes but not always.

Can't believe the problem is the iPhone, as back home in the midlands it usually works just fine, London just seems to be particularly bad for some reason.

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