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* Posts by ewan 3

29 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

Inside Facebook's engineering labs: Hardware heaven, HP hell – PICTURES

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It's a mill.

Oh. Too late.

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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Very intersting article

Interesting article, always wondered how these things work!

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EE turns up speed knob EVEN FASTER on 4G spectrum

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FAIL

Re: Pointless math

No they don't, Three and EE (aka Orange and T-Mobile) share a (2g and 3g) network. LTE latency is lower than 3G as well (at least in theory).

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Vodafone set to splurge £2.5 MEELLION a DAY building 4G network

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Facepalm

VF Group vs VF UK

10 Billion is across VF Group not just VF UK.

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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

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Really good article

Really enjoyed that - very informative. Nice one.

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iOS was SO much more valuable to Google than Android - until Maps

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FAIL

610kb per map? Someone invented compression for a reason...

re: 610kb per map mentioned in the linked blog - doesn't that assume no compression? Just tried saving a screen shot of a 640x960 google map - 150kb as a png in 8bits. Compression for photos would be that much better.

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Call of Duty hacker behind bars after college burglary

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FAIL

Not booted out of uni

Surprised he wasn't booted out of Uni as soon as the conviction occurred - certainly would have been at mine.

Does rather seem he's got away with it - assuming his account in Costa Rica is nice and full...

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New satellite will blow your socks off - and spot them from spaaaace

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FAIL

Metric to imperial

I wonder if the resolution is actually 1ft. For that matter it looks like marketing have done a few 'conversions' on the linked website.... 1.24m aka 4ft and 3.7m aka 12ft.

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Renault Fluence ZE

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Joke

Bit too close to the Renault Flatulence. Which is ironic given it's a zero emissions car...

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ICO: Uni workers' personal webmail may be pried open

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FAIL

Surely - "Do you have anything in your personal account we cannot access or check?"

"No"

"Ok then"

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Can you handle LOHAN's substantial globes?

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Go

Cut the string at a predetermined point

Could you have the string to the ballon cut at a predetermined point (either timed, or by pressure - bladder expands an closes a pair of scissors or something!)? Then have a 5 second delay for the ballon to shoot off by itself, and then launch?

Obviously you'd need to shape / weight the payload so that it fell in a stable way? How about an inverted cone of card with a weight in the end?

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Threat to third Fukushima nuke reactor

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Flame

Re: Were is this H2 coming from?

I believe it's the zirconium cladding of the fuel rods that is responsible for the hydrogen isn't it?

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O2 tries to explain its new prudish nature

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FAIL

3 are even worse

The 3 porn filter doesn't just 'think of the children' it suggests a range of 3 provided smut that you may want to view instead. Idiots.

FYI 3 are not au faux with the concept of IP address and WWW address being equivlent - you can access B3Ta using it's IP 207.44.242.20 for example

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Three bumps up mobile broadband contract charge

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FAIL

Change in the contract - both parties have the option to end it then

Substantive changes in the contract mean that either party can choose to end it without consequence as far as I know. Hard to argue that the price paid for a service isn't a substantive change...

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Israeli robot trouser snake 'too big' to penetrate backdoors

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New keyboard required

Give that man a Pulitzer.

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Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

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Paris Hilton

Certified Penetration Tester

Sounds like fun work, where do I sign up.... Paris because, well...

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FLYING CAR, full hover, fairly quiet, offered to US Marines

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Black Helicopters

About to stall and has lost oil pressure.

The mock up is about to stall and has lost oil pressure - i'd land if I were him...

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eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

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Stop

Almost.

Just miss out the first step of that post. Never bid until 15 seconds before the end...

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BBC Online to be scaled back, budget cut by a quarter

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Alert

Cut the crap not the news

Here's hoping they don't cut back the news bit of the beeb - it's one of the best things on the net. Get rid of the rest of the stuff on the beeb website tho - do TV programs really need mini sites?

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Euro mobile data best buys

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FAIL

49 quid > 50 euros

Surely some of the limits they've stuck on are already in breach of the regs? 49 quid for example is currently 59 euros...?

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Veho Muvi Atom video camera

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FAIL

Get a clone

I've got a clone, it does a better job than the real thing. They're quite popular with mtbing folk, and it's always amusing to compare the footage I've got for 12 quid to the one that someone payed 80 quid for.... esp the older ones of the model reviewed, that actually only do 20fps...

They work well in good light (e.g. strapped to a snowboard boot), and badly in low light.

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BBC confirms death of 6Music, slashes online budget by a quarter

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FAIL

Properly retarded

Get rid of Radio 1, that provides proper commercial competition. Keep 6 Music, XFM is the only competition really, and that's s**t.

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Online-only news to be overseen by press watchdog

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Dead Vulture

Does this include el reg?

So is el reg going to join the scheme?

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Kindle app comes to UK iPhones

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Unhappy

On the subject of Stanza

Are there actually any outlets that let you buy books on Stanza? I tried a bunch of publishers and got through to the purchase stage only to be told that I was in the UK and thus unable to purchase...

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Police snapper silliness reaches new heights

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FAIL

Re: Errrmmmm

The point is that there is no such thing as a permit to film on public property. You can film where you want. The police invented it.

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PrevX U-turn on Windows update Black screen of Death claim

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FAIL

Screengrab?

Surely a screen grab would just be 1024x768 or whatever of black pixels? And how would they do the screengrab in the first place - it's crashed...

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Apple tweaks T&Cs for Blighty customers

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Jobs Halo

Distance Selling

Does this mean I can buy a tune on itunes and then return it within 7 days then?

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Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs

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Unhappy

Ouch

That's a pretty harsh study - presumably they were in effect lying to one half (or at least being economical with the truth)... surprised it got past an ethics panel in the way it's been presented here.

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Russia planning nuclear-powered manned spaceship

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Boffin

@Jason Togneri

I could be wrong, but I'd have thought that a hard vacum is a pretty useless coolant - you have to rely purely on radation rather than convection or conduction. Isn't that why space craft have such massive cooling problems...

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