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* Posts by jonathanb

1900 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

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Re: not moore's law but...

No. It is impossible for a hard drive to have too much capacity.

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Raid millions of bank accounts. New easy-to-use tool. Yours for $5,000

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Re: using RDP

Pretty much every router I've seen blocks port 3389, along with every other port, unless you specifically open it, so no, I don't think that will work.

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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Re: Its not just in Royston

Most of them are for monitoring traffic flow to help them keep traffic moving as far as is possible.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Re: what have you done to actually stop the kids being pimped out in the first place?

I don't think anyone is suggesting that eliminating child porn will completely stop child abuse. However, one thing is for certain, it isn't going to lead to an increase in child abuse, and it might reduce it a bit. So for that reason it is worth doing.

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O2 blocks things like some clothes shops and tattooists as being "adult content"

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You, Google. Get back here and bend over again - EU antitrust chief

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Re: The Googletards are awake, I see

It can be summed up much more simply as this:

If I go to Google and ask it something, I want it to take me to the answer, not to another search engine that may or may not have the answer.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Re: Market Value

No, you can't sell or trade indulgencies.

The idea of an indulgence is that if you commit a sin, you can reduce the divine punishment you receive for it by performing a good deed to offset the bad things you did.

For example, if you attacked and injured someone, then you could spend some time volunteering at your local hospital's a&e [en:us - emergency room]. If you vandalised public property, then spend time cleaning up the mess made by other vandals. If you were a drugs dealer, then spend some time helping addicts come off drugs.

Merely buying a bit of paper is not a good deed that can make up for the bad things you have done.

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Femtocell flaw leaves Verizon subscribers' Wi-Fi and mobile wide open

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Does the update actually help?

It appears that for the attack to work, you need to have physical control of the femtocell, or at least access to the LAN it is connected to; and it has to be within range of the phone you want to monitor.

If you are required to update the firmware to stop the attack, then people who want to perform the attack will choose not to apply the update. Other people who have a femtocell at home and don't plan to perform the attack won't bother, because the fact that others don't have physical access to the femtocell or router means they don't have to worry about attacks, and if attackers do manage to find another way into their LAN, they have more pressing problems to deal with.

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: Travel plans

If you go that way, you have Japan and South Korea in the way. I'd probably want to join the Pacific a bit further north, but obviously making sure to keep well away from Alaska.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

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Re: @James Hughes 1

And if your definition of agriculture is doing the weekly RTI submissions to HMRC for the wages you pay to your staff?

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Microsoft waves goodbye to Small Business Server

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Linux is already easier to install / configure than Windows Server. Problem is that the alternatives to Exchange Server tend to be either more expensive or not that good, and a lot of desktop software requires SQL Server, and while there is no particular reason why it couldn't work on MySQL or something else, it doesn't.

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If for example you run Wimbledon's website, which has extremely high traffic during the two weeks of the Championships, moderately high traffic in the couple of weeks before it when people are planning their trips, very high traffic when tickets are released for sale, and practically no traffic the rest of the time, then having a cloud service to cope with the demand peaks makes sense rather than buying in the capacity. IBM can then rent out that capacity to Rolland Garros, US Open and so on during the rest of the year.

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

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Re: Testing the process?

Well the system isn't just the stuff inside the computer. One of the problems is the high number of errors made by claimants in data input on the website, so maybe the questions aren't clear enough. Then you have to look at how staff interface with the system and how it fits into their workflow.

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Re: Rolled out by 2017 you say. Correct me if I'm wrong but won't there be an election between?

The problem with the existing system is that it doesn't interface very well with HMRC, so when someone starts earning a bit more or less money from part time work, they can't adjust the benefits to suit. The claimant can and presumably will tell DWP about a change in circumstances, but the DWP system works on the assumption that the claimant gets regular weekly income that doesn't change very often, when in reality, they get a few days here and there whenever the recruitment agency phones to say they have work available.

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Ciseco Pi-Lite: Make a Raspberry Pi trip light fantastic with 126 LEDs

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Re: Pi

I've never used one, but does it not come up with a Bash prompt after you log in?

In any case, writing your programs in a text editor or IDE is much more user friendly than typing everything in at the command line like you did back in the BBC BASIC days.

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

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Re: Keeping the beaurocracy alive... @AC 8:13

It is 50p for a second class stamp now.

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Re: Please help a Canuck out here...

A shed describes the type of building rather than what it is used for. An independent building out in the back garden is either a greenhouse, if it is made mostly of glass, or a shed if it is mostly made of wood or possibly metal or plastic with maybe a few windows. It can be used for storage, a work space or a man's hideaway. It doesn't matter. It is still a shed.

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Nominet resurrects second-level namespace plan: 'Before you say no...'

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Re: .UK short shelf life?

Scottish devolution happened many years ago. If Scottish independence happens, then Scotland will get a two letter country code, which probably won't begin with an "s" because they are pretty much all taken. Only .sf, .sp, .sq and .sw are available. The Scottish Gaelic name for Scotland is Alba, so maybe it could be .ab or .aa. It won't be .al because that is the code for Albania.

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Re: Why should I want a TLD to be "competitive"?

I own [myname].co.uk and [myname].org.uk. So I get first refusal on [myname].uk. Great. But why do I need it except to stop someone else getting it?

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Apple's new data center to be solar powered, 100% green

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Re: Neon power

There is a solar power station in Spain that works at night. It uses the sun's rays to heat molten salt, and the heat from that is used to power a traditional thermal generator. So if they use one of those, it can be genuinely 100% solar. However, I suspect the capacity of the solar installation is higher than what they need for the data centre, and the surplus is sold off to the grid during the day and bought back at night.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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Re: The Generation Game

At least with Dragon's Den, some of them have gone on to be sucessful. Levi Roots is by far the most successful, but others have benefited as well.

Has anyone on The Apprentice been successful as a result of appearing on the show? It doesn't have to be one of the winners, the most successful Britain's Got Talent contestant was Susan Boyle, who came second, and the most successful X-Factor contestants are JLS who finished second, One Direction who finished 3rd, and the comedy duo Jedward who were knocked out fairly early on in the series.

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Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: New name for SkyDrive

I'd go for Live Drive.

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Re: Infringing how?

Sky are the third largest ISP in the UK. The largest, BT, offers a cloud storage service similar to Skydrive.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Search as primary means of navigation?

You can do that in Windows 7 as well. Press the Window key, type in the first few letters of the prog, use the arrow keys if quicker than typing a few more letters, then press enter.

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US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid

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Re: Legality and fractional amounts

They seize illegal drugs all the time without any problems, so why can't they seize bitcoins where it isn't so clear whether or not they are illegal. Obviously they are proceeds of crime, so illegal for that reason in the same way that dollar bills would be in the same context.

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Re: This is "Amerika" not Amsterdam!

American doctors tend to prescribe Vicodin instead which is basically the same thing.

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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Me too. My android powered pocket watch has a 5.5" screen, can automatically detect which time zone it is in, and also serves as an alarm clock, diary, address book, map, compass, newspaper, book, notebook, camera, train/bus timetable and text pager. You can even make telephone calls with it should you want to.

Trying to do all those things on a watch with a 1" screen isn't going to be so good.

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Google gets gentle Street View slurp slap from UK data cops

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Re: "The project leaders never wanted this data, and didn't use it or even look at it."

Because they were told not to destroy any evidence, including the data itself, until the investigation. was completed.

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Anons: We milked Norks dry of missile secrets, now we'll spaff it online

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Re: Incoming!

If it shows that he doesn't have missile capacity beyond the estimates of the US, it could start a war.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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Re: So use TOR or VPN's _more_

Well given that they have been laundering trillions of dollars of money for Mexican drug cartels, that's maybe not such a daft idea.

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Apple's $17bn bond sale not such a good deal for investors

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There is something to report here, but it has got nothing to do with Apple. It is the fact that the bond bubble is bursting, and it belongs in the financial press, not here.

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

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Re: Build in China?

The iMac is made in USA, or at least some of them are. The new Mac Pro will also be made in USA. However laptops and iDevices are still made in China.

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Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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Re: same old routine

A student will be doing lots of typing, and possibly drawing some diagrams / charts etc. They will need something with a decent keyboard, and a decent sized screen, and that isn't a tablet.

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

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Re: You'd think after maybe the 10,000th incorrect password attempt...

I don't think it is trying the passwords out on the system. There is no way you could do that many log-on attempts in 24 seconds, and additional GPUs wouldn't help you.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

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Re: Remember windows tabs?

I don't "need" a stylus on my Galaxy Note 2, but it can sometimes be useful. I only ever use it for writing and drawing pictures, not for poking at UI elements like on my old Windows Mobile 6 and earlier devices.

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

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Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....

Well I moved one of my servers from OpenSuSE to FreeBSD. They have a lot more in common than the differences between them. ZFS is a difference, and the reason why I switched. There is ZFS for Linux, but it isn't mature enough for me at the moment. The kernels are obviously different, but most of the stuff running on top of the kernels seems to be the same on both.

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Re: Oh you gotta be kidding....

I can't really understand how anyone thinks this has a chance.

Hurdle No. 1: SCO does not own the copyright to Unix, Novell owns it.

Hurdle No. 2: Linux did not copy from Unix, both copied from BSD, and both are entitled to do that.

Hurdle No. 3: SCO published the code in question as part of Caldera Open Linux, and licenced it under the terms of the GPL, which gives people permission to copy it. Novell did the same as part of SuSE Linux.

If you fall at any one of those hurdles, the case fails. They fell at hurdle no. 1 last time round. Even if they get over that hurdle this time, they still have hurdles 2 and 3.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: One less worry

Or Berring Strait bridge. The most difficult bit would actually be the roads either side of it to link it to the civilised world.

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Don't wait to check your parachute until you're out of the plane

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Re: Almost all work is credit these days

We have similar laws about late payments. However there is no law that says that companies must continue to purchase things from companies that enforce those laws, so most people don't.

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Re: Sounds like good advice.

Quite a few do in my experience, certainly the ones that have survived the recession.

In my experience, the insurance company will require pre-approval of all credit sales, and if you follow their procedures by doing all the required credit checks, using the recommended credit limits and freezing the account and reporting to them in the event of late payments, you won't actually need to make any claims.

When the credit insurers withdraw cover for a particular company, they immediately find themselves unable to purchase any supplies except on COD terms, so that would suggest pretty much everyone follows the advice in this article.

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It's official: 'tweet' an English word – not just in the avian sense

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Re: Thing is, OED ...

"Twit" is the adjective used to describe the sort of people who "tweet" using twitter.

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Well for example, if you are working on video, you probably need lots and lots of fast local storage. Solid state is obviously fast, but no where near big enough to store many hours of uncompressed video from which you will put together your movie. Would you rather get a load of external Thunderbolt drives and plug them into the back of your machine, or get a load of the fastest 3 or 4 TB internal drives you can find and put them inside?

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Re: Ummm do try to keep up eh?

NTL Telewest merged with Virgin Mobile, which was owned by Beardie, so that's where they got the rights to use the name from, and Beardie does/(did) own some shares in the combined entity.

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Microsoft tops list of software piracy nailed in UK by FAST

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Re: Got your receipt?

Remember also that FAST have no more powers than any other type of door to door salesman. If it goes to court they have to prove that a.) they are the copyright holder of Office 95 or that they have exclusive distribution rights and b.) that you infringed the copyright

Saying that you haven't provided them with sufficient evidence that you didn't make an illegal copy isn't good enough. They have to prove it. Should you get a visit from FAST, the best approach is to give them the Arkell vs Pressdram response.

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Ecuador: Let's talk about not having Julian Assange on our sofa

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Re: A lotta donuts

170 policemen on site per day, but they don't work 24 hour shifts so maybe about a third of that number at any one time.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

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Re: I do understand.

Is there any particular reason why a Firefox phone should be any cheaper than a budget Android?

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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I found The Cloud to be pretty good, and was disappointed to lose it as an option. BT Openzone however never worked for me, so in practice it won't make any difference not having it. I do have an old contract with "unlimited" data, so I will probably stick with them.

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A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

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Solution looking for a problem?

That sort of thing sounds like it might be useful for hotel bedrooms, except it already exists and is in widespread use, though usually in the form of magnetic swipe cards rather than anything more fancy.

Otherwise, what it is easier? Take a bit of metal out your pocket, stick it in a hole in the door, rotate 360°, remove and open door. Alternatively, take phone out of pocket, enter passcode or swipe gesture, fire up lock app, press appropriate button, open door.

I don't always want to switch on the kettle when I return home. If it is hot, I'd rather have a cold drink from the fridge, and sometimes I don't feel thirsty and don't want a drink at all. If I do, flipping the switch on the kettle itself isn't that difficult.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

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Re: The Law is an Ass

It drew peoples' attention to the libelous tweets accusing him of being a paediatrician, and therefore it was effectively republishing them.

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Hours/minutes of iPlayer HD

I prefer to use iPlayer HD streaming as my measure of data usage. For example, "EE's cheapest tarriff offers 500MB of data per month, which would be used up in only 25 minutes of iPlayer HD streaming."

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