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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

xenny

The ridiculous thing here is that Colossus (Which is what the computer museum has) is arguably a computer; a Bombe, which is what Bletchley is exhibiting, isn't.

It's almost as if the wrong organisation is getting all the sponsorship.

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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Re: xenny That's no Hellcat

I want your anorak :-)

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xenny

Re: That's no Hellcat

Are you sure it's a 'B' ? There's precious little visual difference between b,c or early d until the bubble hood was introduced part way through d production.

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xenny

That's no Hellcat

It's a P-47 Thunderbolt..

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

xenny

Re: Moral of this story: Don't handle pellets which give off a pretty blue light.

"Metric" College?

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Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

xenny

Re: Unusual Case.

Given how many security vulnerabilities XP, 7 and 8 have had in common, calling XP a decrepit pile of old code is also a comment on 7 and 8.

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Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box

xenny

Re: Drive sizes?

http://www.synology.com/en-global/support/hd/model/DS214

lists up to 4TB.

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xenny

Re: What have I missed?

Synology offer an awful lot of addons, such as a VPN server, which at a quick glance, doesn't appear to be available for the D-Link.

Look at http://www.anandtech.com/show/6157/western-digital-red-review-are-nasoptimized-hdds-worth-the-premium/2 in the Power Management section WRT the suitability of WD Greens for this kind of application.

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GAH: Now it's INSTAGRAM and Windows Phone 8

xenny

Re: Enough with the number of apps

My other half has a Lumia (which she loves, and I quite like).

I've spent some time poking around the app store. It is disappointing.

The first result for a timer app search was an app originally written for Win Phone 7.x, which cheerfully said in the write up that due to API limitations in 7.x, it wasn't able to offer sub minute timer accuracy.

There's no equivalent to Android's wifi analyzer app to give another example.

It's a better place to be than the Playbook's app store, but it isn't as good as iOS or Android, which is a pity, as the phone as a phone is pretty good for speed and battery life.

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

xenny

Re: They have some serious uses

Some kind of 3d scanner/camera that fitted in her mouth. She's petite, and it was a rear molar, so it must have been relatively compact.

The print took about 12 minutes , which seems pretty reasonable.

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xenny

They have some serious uses

I've literally just stopped speaking to someone enthusing about her 3-D printed dental crown. No making impressions, no temporary crown while the permanent one is made off-site, excellent fit.

She'd spoken to the dentist, and they'd had the device for some 7 months, and would buy another if this one broke down.

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How to relieve Microsoft's Surface RT piles problem

xenny

Not entirely retarded.

I think MS identified the near immunity of iOS from malware infestations as a key marketing feature.

The only way they could see to achieve that. as well as the access to Office that they considered a USP was to produce the compromise that you see with RT.

With this perspective, and if you then treat WinRT as an iOS competitor with the added bonus of 'proper' office (albeit with no macros, again to prevent malware), then it all makes a decent degree of sense, although it'd help if there was rather more in the app store.

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VMware releases hypervisor INCEPTION tool

xenny

Re: Windows 8 and 8.1 are to force the masses to want Metro UI

Or who want lots of cores/VM, or did want more than 32 GB of RAM.

You also get VMotion like capabilities without needing the equivalent of a VCenter host

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REJOICE! Windows 7 users can get IE11 ... soon they'll have NO choice

xenny

Re: Meh

That's one of the things I like about Chrome.

Built in flash player and PDF viewer, combined with a really reliable auto-update - often updating before adobe has released flash updates to the public.

combined with a fairly scary looking prompt if you try and run out of date Java, and it's much harder for people to accidentally get malware on their machine via a browser/plug-in compromise.

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Win 8 PC sales plunge as retailers, disties shave orders by HALF A MILLION in Q3

xenny

Re: PC installed base

Cloud based Photoshop still does all the processing locally AFAIK.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

xenny

Re: Ho Chi Minh City - biker snatch capital in VietNam (China worse)

Actually no, push forwards or backwards hard on a handlebar end is the quickest way.

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xenny

Re: Locking people up is a staggeringly ineffective measure

Rehabilitation of offenders is remarkably infrequently successful for many classes of offender.

Locking people up works fine. I'm pretty sure that if we then outsourced the prisons to somewhere cheap, it'd not cost much to keep people locked up indefinitely, and offending would fall precipitously after a few fly on the wall documentaries.

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Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

xenny

Re: Windows RT

Lower power consumption than x86, and relative immunity from malware make it rather attractive IMHO.

I've got an original Surface RT, and it's got steadily snappier with the release of updates over the past few months, something that the original reviews will never be revised to acknowledge.

It gives me a tablet that is actually useful for creating business documents as well as watching media on in a hotel room for much less cost/weight than a laptop with comparable build quality.

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Internet Explorer 11 BREAKS Google, Outlook Web Access

xenny

appears fixed now

Rendering was broken until some point yesterday. I've not had the problem since then.

Was the problem there in the ie11preview for Win7 ?

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

xenny

Re: Who cares

All software sucks, all hardware sucks.

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Re: Perhaps

I didn't downvote you, but I support 2007, 2010 and 2013. They each handle complex .docx files subtly differently.

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Big data: You've got to spend a dollar ... to make fifty-two cents – report

xenny

Translation

Not enough skilled Big Data practitioners

"Raw" and relatively immature technology

A lack of compelling business use case

No-one knows how to do it

We don't have good tools to do it

There's no good reason to do it

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Mid East undersea fibre telco hacked: US, UK spooks in spotlight

xenny

Thinking back

Weren't there a whole load of mysterious undersea cable breaks at the eastern end of the Med? I wonder if the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Jimmy_Carter_%28SSN-23%29 was playing games?

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Devolo dLAN 500 AV Wireless Plus: Triple-tech connectivity for the home

xenny

Re: Annoying

You need to sacrifice so many goats to get 100mbit throughput out of 802.11n that a gigabit port is largely useless for that purpose.

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Rise Of The Machines: What will become of box-watchers, delivery drivers?

xenny

Re: Just the tip of the iceberg

Note also that low interest rates, typically used to stimulate an economy, make the purchase cost of automation systems more affordable, increasing the no of roles they can be bought to fulfil.

A nasty conundrum.

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

xenny
FAIL

Re: Rigid airships

Helium is inert. You're thinking of Hydrogen.

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

xenny

Re: ...network run by you

I'd prefer a network run by competent staff. I've yet to find one, so at least I'm nearer to getting what I pay for with GG.

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Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

xenny

Re: CDE?!?

If you view the X window environment as a way of managing lots of xterms, then olvwm has a lot going for it. I don't know how well maintained it is now though....

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Smartphone sales to new users 'have peaked'

xenny
FAIL

Re: Still waiting for anything worth spending on

A well rated point and shoot costs >100gbp. How do you expect the economics to work for an unlocked (and hence unsubsidised) phone (which costs money for electronics aerials etc) incorporating such a camera to cost less than the camera it incorporates?

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

xenny

lock-in

I think that user lock-in is developing fast.

I've got enough of an investment in apps, either financially for purchased ones, or simply finding/learning a free one that has the functionality I desire, that I'm in no great hurry to change platform.

In a couple of years the smartphone market has gone from the early personal computer days (you accept you're buying a new platform and apps with every system purchase) to the days of the PC and Mac. You buy a new machine and it runs your existing software better, and adds new capabilities.

I think RIM and WinMo have missed their chance at a decent market share in the West, and probably in China.

Africa may be worth a try, but probably isn't that profitable.

Alternatively, MS/Nokia could establish a lunar base and claim 100% market share :-)

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Leaked Genius Bar manual shows Apple's smooth seductions

xenny

maybe I'm broken..

but I always ask for stuff by part no now. It completely breaks the smooth talking composure of sales staff, and gets down to the nitty gritty.

The sales people don't seem to like it, so it's also a win from that PoV.

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Ten netbooks

xenny

Re: D270 Sucks

No connectivity whatsoever? Surely a USB thumb drive would work? You'd only need to get a working network driver anyway, and then it's easier.

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Flash Player to vanish from Android store on Wednesday

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Happy

Re: Tool up and go to work

My installation of Lynx sneers at your graphical adverts. The sneer is a bit angular and tricky to visualise to be sure....

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Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

xenny
Happy

Universal screwdriver

A few moments with a Dremel and everything takes a flat head screwdriver

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US Army's cloud-friendly iPad-ready intel kit DOESN'T even work

xenny

Re: hmm

Claiming 100% uptime just means you've not measured over a long enough period.

Even if you do everything according to ITIL best practices, sooner or later (a) dinosaur killer(s) will hit your multiply redundant data centres.

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Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

xenny

Re: Key Question Remains Unanswered

How long is an installation of IE 6 (The apparent main reason people are sticking with XP) going to survive before there's a trivial compromise is found for which no patch will be forthcoming?

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Crafty cuttlefish mimics male and female – at the same time

xenny

Re: Isn't there...

AFAIK, Sepia Apama males adopt a uniformly female colour scheme to get past other males. They don't simultaneously wear a lacy dress on one side and a sharp suit on the other.

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Focus groups are for mugs

xenny

Port covers cost money. There are complaints regardless of if the company has a more expensive product with them, and more expensive products tend to have lower sales. -> cheaper product with no port covers.

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Flame gets suicide command

xenny

So, what are the IP addresses of the C&C servers?

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Ten... freeware gems for new PCs

xenny

Re: Some more suggestions

I actually prefer jdiskreport to treesize. It has the disadvantage of being a java app, but disk directory sizing is I/O bound so that's no so bad, and it has the advantage over treesize's free edition that it will size mounted network drives.

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Ten... two-bay Nas boxes

xenny

Less power use, less space taken up, less to fiddle with, so more time to spend doing something else.

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Canon PowerShot S100 GPS compact camera

xenny

That's not where you'd hold an SLR though.

For an SLR it's right hand around the grip, and left hand either operating controls on the body, or holding the lens for the focus ring etc. You don't tend to use the left hand to hold the left hand side of an SLR in normal operation.

Similarly, I hold my S95 with right hand on the right hand side of the body, wrist through the wrist strap as the S95 is a slippery thing, and left hand free to use the controls on the back, or the control ring around the lens.

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xenny

Re: K- for a compact with a superzoom lens

I've actually got a TZ10, and an S95. I bought the TZ 10 as I wanted a GPS equipped compact before a trip to 90W, 0N, and the S100 wasn't shipping.

In marginal light, or any situation where I want manual controls, the S95 is a better camera from an image quality viewpoint. The TZ10's low light sensor performance is significantly worse than the S95.

Where the TZ10 wins out over the S95 is a more rugged feel, far better zoom range, and a case design that is easier to hold on to while scrambling over rocks out of a panga. They're both lovely cameras, and apart from shutter response speed, I can between them get most of what I get out a DSLR and single zoom lens, but they're very different compromises.

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xenny

I disagree that the GPS is a gimmick

Especially after a trip, I find that being able to tie down where a shot was taken really makes reviewing them more pleasurable.

Especially when visiting destinations that change substantially with the seasons, being able to locate and view other people's photos taken at the same place and a different time of year adds an interesting extra dimension to the place you've visited.

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Viewsonic Viewpad 10e tablet

xenny

Re: The saving

If you're tight enough for cash that £200 is just about doable, WTF would you spend it on a tablet?

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RIM rolls out PlayBook OS2 update

xenny

Re: Hands up who gives a shit

I'm pleased it's out. I've got a Playbook and really rather like it. Proper flash, really decent performance, very good speakers, especially compared to an iPad, nice multi tasking interface, and a size that suits me better than a 10" tablet.

The lack of apps is frustrating compared to Android, so it'll be interesting to see how many developers repackage their apps for the blackberry store.

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

xenny

LC II not booting

replace the 3.6V motherboard battery and then zap the PRAM - hold command-option-p-r when you switch it on until you hear a second start up chime.

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Dumb salesmen are hurting us – Nokia CEO

xenny

sales droids aren't dumb

windows mobile is indeed OK as an OS.

However, selling an iPhone or Android phone is less likely to get the customer coming back a couple of days later complaining that such and such an app isn't available, or none of his mates can show him how to do something.

The ecosystem isn't there for WinMo, so it's a somewhat risky thing for a sales person to push.

A smartphone over two years is more expensive than a reasonable spec PC. Would you sell someone a computer running an unusual OS knowing there are hardly any applications available for it? No, you'd sell a Mac or a Windows PC.

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Scalextric restarts space race with Star Wars craft

xenny

The X-Wing looks too wide to overtake the TIE advanced x1.

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Renault Fluence ZE

xenny

Range

If it'll do 100 miles on a charge, why does the screen shot show 89% charge and an estimated range of 33.6 miles?

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