* Posts by xenny

136 posts • joined 19 Aug 2009

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

xenny

This year 40% died out. Last year 23% died out. That seems pretty close to the 30% per year average the article considers normal.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.

I have a horrid feeling you'll never read this, but you can drag Metro apps down to take up say 1/3 of the screen, leaving the classic windows desktop taking up the other 2/3. No need for a second monitor at all

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KABOOM! Billionaire fingers dud valve in ROCKET WIBBLE PRANG BLAST

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Re: Parachutes

BTDT. They tried parachutes with the Falcon 1. They presumably decided they prefer powered landings, possibly for the potentially better accuracy.

As an aside, note that thrust to weight in this process is greater than 1. The rocket never hovers, but must come to a halt at the bottom of decent as it touches the pad for everything to succeed.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Try lithium deuteride instead

It turns out that tritium is actually rather handy for getting better performance out of a typical nuclear weapon, which in turn lets you build a smaller/lighter thermonuclear weapon.

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Russia considers keeping its own half of the ISS alive after 2024

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Re: That reminds me, I saw 2001 the other evening

Trouble is, without the motivation of making better sticks to hit the other monkeys, we wouldn't have got this far technologically :-/

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Because the mindless drones return the Word document with tracked changes which need reviewing before you can import it into Scrivener for the structural changes you may need to make?

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SpaceX HOVER-SHIP landing scuppered by MASSIVE ocean waves

xenny

Quite a few. The centre stage of a Falcon Heavy may end up much further downrange than that of a Falcon 9, at which point not having to do a large U-turn will save lots of fuel/payload.

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Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

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Re: What I've found...

How are you replacing the off site backup the tapes allowed?

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

xenny

Re: MS wants users

Apple's profitability isn't relevant.

However the App store appears to pay more to developers than Google Play.

That is relevant, although possibly less significant than the relative likelihood of Apple v Android users spending money on O365 subscriptions.

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

xenny

I really rather like my RT tablet. Battery life is good, and apart from the lack of Macro support, the Office implementation is of course excellent. The icing on the cake is that x86 malware goes nowhere.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

xenny

Re: Display options

If you look at say an anandtech tablet review, the display section will discuss black levels.

An LCD screen's idea of black is still pretty bright. :-(

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Seagate adds FIFTY PER CENT more capacity to new NAS drive

xenny

They've got several advantages over a traditional data recovery service. They don't need to buy obscure parts at retail, or buy drives and cannibalise them. Also, there's no need to reverse engineer a drive.

They can probably also offset some cost by using the large sample of failed drives to find frequent failure modes and designing them out of the next generation.

It's also $30-50 for any drive. If 1 in 10 fail and are asked to be recovered, they've got an effective budget of $300-500

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

xenny

YMMV

people's experience with Lollipop varies widely, and at least in part depends on what you install on. My 2012 Nexus 7 is essentially useless with it installed. A colleague's nexus 4 is perfectly pleasant to use, although he's not finding it the dramatic improvement you are.

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Vendors coalesce around 'MGBase-T' 2.5/5 Gbps Ethernet

xenny

10Gb may never run acceptably over some existing cable plant. I've several hundred applications where 2.5/5Gb to the desktop would be a very attractive upgrade, especially if there's some hope of getting the desktop end for "free" with a client refresh.

10Gb has been on the 'will be cheap soon' list for quite some time. It doesn't seem to be getting closer to getting off it.

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

xenny

Get a decent hardware supplier. 1920 x 1200 is still perfectly well available.

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

xenny

Re: Am I the only one who doesn't have wget installed?

IIRC, the Centos 6.x minimal install has wget but no sftpd, and if I were an attacker, I'd rather be trying to attack sftpd than hope the target will run wget carelessly.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

xenny

Are you sure? NT 4 was available on MIPS, PowerPC and Alpha as well as IA-32 wasn't it?

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

xenny

Re: systemd to incorporate a shell too!!!

To be contrarian, I can see an argument for systemd on a desktop, where I may reboot it often. I typically don't reboot servers frequently, so I'm unconcerned about a fast boot, but I value being able to debug the startup process of a broken server with a shell and a text editor, which I can do with sys V init scripts, but can't do with systemd.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

xenny

Re: Cruise control

ABS was outlawed in F1 as a performance aid, which tells me that the best drivers can't outperform it on dry and presumably wet tarmac. Outperforming it in snow however is essentially impossible.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

xenny

Re: Many of us are forced to use MS Software

> There are many many jobs out there that don't involve using Microsoft software, or even computers.

most of the latter are on borrowed time until people in the former finish writing shell scripts.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

xenny

Re: "32-bit Windows-powered ATM"

I think I'd rather have no network connection and out of date AV signatures. One less way in for thieves.

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

xenny

Re: First BASHing

It needn't necessarily, but a kitchen sink approach might reboot the host, which would at the very least require a VM to be suspended. What BTW has KVM got to do with XEN ?

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xenny

Re: First BASHing

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

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xenny

Re: First BASHing

I doubt it, that shouldn't _require_ a reboot, and the top entry at http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/ looks deeply suspicious.

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Cutting cancer rates: Data, models and a happy ending?

xenny

Reading this article - which I found fascinating, I'm left wondering how many of the health issues associated with breast implants are actually due to the silicon implants, and how many due to the surgery disturbing near sleeping dogs. :-(

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

xenny

I've worked on late stage proof reading of novel length documents (admittedly generally technical documents). Paper and a pen is rather more flexible than track changes.

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xenny

Re: Personally ...

Ahem.

If you read this post by Charlie:

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/01/writing-tools.html

he mentions having written several novels using vim (vi improved). I've read at least two of those novels. They're pretty good.

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

xenny

"Won't happen, simply because of the rage it would cause from Microsoft's large corporate cash cow customers, many of whom will only ever install security updates."

How would you describe the new IE patch/release/support policy then? There's Enterprise mode as a mitigation, but I suspect it won't be 100% - even the MS web site describing it says " designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8,"

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xenny

I suspect that the next step from this will be to remove the separation between feature updates and security updates. That will make development easier, and going forward, MS' internally perceived competition is rather more nimble than they are.

If they don't do this, testing a growing complexity of interaction between different levels of installation of security updates and UI/feature updates will become a huge problem. Look at the way they're dropping support for 8.1 pre update 1 - they're trying to manage the variety of system configurations they need to test against.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

xenny

Re: How many zeros?

I think the death of a thousand cuts may be better. Infrastructure left alone for a decade builds up all sorts of odd undocumented dependencies and peculiarities (only fred in accounting has the serial key for this software for example). Organisations also lose the skills to perform platform changes over a decade of stagnation.

A steady rolling refresh over every few years reduces these problems. Compare eating a sensible diet and going for a walk each day to eating nothing for a month while running 5 miles each day. Either approach will leave you thin, but one is much more pleasant than the other.

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

xenny

Maybe not the whole car....

I couldn't live with the range, but I'd love to be able to buy that windscreen as an optional extra.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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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?

xenny

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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