* Posts by Jan 0

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: English is wonderful

> Simply because all our characters fit nicely into 7 bit ASCII (or 8 bit EBDCIC if you prefer).

Nicely? Errm, only for small values of "English". Where are the diphthongs, superscripts, fractions, etc? Also, haven't you noticed that we use diereses in English? Naïve?

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Boffins tout The Li-ion King

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Plea to manufacturers:

Please give us 'phones that last twice as long, not 'phones that are (nearly) twice as thin.

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The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Ah. (Guilty of having a remote control).

That's like the remote controlled light switch! All the vauum cleaners I can remember using have a simple button on the handle that opens a valve to allow air in at that point. I have always thought of them as the device that allows you to retrieve socks or twenty pound notes from the head before they disappear into the dust collector. Loose ruge are best beaten on a washing line.

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IP mapping hell couple sues

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Eh?

"the coordinates 38.0000,-97.0000 if no location was defined. That's rounded up from 39.8333333,-98.585522"

What is this "rounding" that you speak of? How does it work and what is it used for?

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Watch hot 'stars' shower ... again. It's Perseid meteor showtime

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Boffin

Up to 200 meteors per hour doesn't sound very impressive!

Back in the days when my eyes could still focus on infinity, I could always see about 1 meteor per minute if I lay on my back on any cloudless night without light pollution. (Three examples out of many: on a Norfolk beach, up in the Pyrenees, on a boat in the Ionian sea.) Nowadays I always seem to be in the wrong place and haven't seen much Perseid activity. If somebody with good vision and a dark site does get a good view this week, please do some counting for us and see if you can't comfortably exceed 200 per hour.

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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Re: Cognitive dissonance?

The difference is indeed due to the lower pressure of Io's atmosphere. Have you never seen water boil at room temperature in a partial vacuum?

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Re: Sudden loss of atmosphere

Well, of course, "trump" is synonymous with "fart" in my part of the UK.

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Re: Sulfur

I see a trend here. While we in the UK are busily contracting words, the US has also replaced the simple word "start" with "get go". (How long before they're talking about the "ready, get set, go"?:)

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VMware: We're gonna patent hot-swapping your VMs' host OS

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Re: Ksplice

No this isn't prior art. As described they want to push a new kernel across the hardware. Ksplice is hot patching the running kernel and adjusting the filesystem to match, so Ksplice is prior art.

I remember patching a running SunOS kernel on a Sun 4 back in the 90s to allow a WAN application to continue running without interrupting the flow on the WAN. It was a bit hairy as I did it from the command line using adb, rather than by running a patching program. It was only a modest set of kernel changes and I could hardly have altered all the (450KB?) kernel by hand in a reasonable time, but a suitable program could have. I imagine that people did similar things with mainframes in the 1960s, to avoid downtime.

There will be limits to what you can alter in a running kernel, on current hardware architecture. This is a different way to approach the problem, but will also have practical limits.

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Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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Headmaster

Iconic?

Isn't the icon the 707 which set the style for this kind of passenger aeroplane with 4 pylon mounted jet engines?

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Juno's 1,300-pic Jupiter vid

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Can somebody explain?

Why the moons keep popping in and out of view? Are they being obscured by external parts of Juno, by other astronomical objects, is the camera faulty, or what?

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US standards lab says SMS is no good for authentication

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Re: Most uses of 2FA via SMS...

> "So what if you have a bad brain, a poor memory, and a tendency to lose things (including your wallet, IN the supermarket)?"

In that case, you can't keep a job and your ESA isn't of much interest to fraudsters?

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Stop making me feel old

You've forgotten Metrum drives that used a VHS style cartridge. I used them for high bandwidth data transfers (air courier) in the '90s because the transatlantic ISDN line wasn't up to the task. There were also Ampex and Sony digital drives, also in the '90s, that used 1" tape cartridges. What else have el Reg readers come across?

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IETF boffins design a DNS for digital money

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Thanks to BBC Radio 4 this morning...

I now understand why governments and banks are so keen on digital currency. When interest rates go negative, sensible people will keep their money as cash under the mattress/<name your favourite hiding place>. If money becomes entirely digital, alternatives such as gold under the mattress will be used but don't have a fixed relationship with money.

iPlayer: BBC Radio 4 Thursday the 21st of July: "How Low Can Rates Go?"

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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His words:

"netting me more adoring fans"

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

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> "Vacuum tubes are not entirely resistant to EMP."

But they don't matter once the EMP has fused the coils (inductors) and condensers (capacitors).

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Reader needs Aircon help

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"windowless room" suggests that it's deep in a building. Are there ducts, or can you drill through to the outside? Without an external heat exchanger, you won't achieve very much.

As an aside, to Jake, I'd call an air conditioning company to avoid having embarassing conversations with High Voltage or High Vacuum engineers. The FLA "HVAC" is Highly Ambiguous.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Re: Easy way to avoid TV ads

Recording the show, then editing out the adverts before you watch is the way to go.

Even skipping the adverts diverts your attention too much when you're watching something interesting.

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The History Boys: Object storage ... from the beginning

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Thanks for the chart and history. However I wonder what, in the meantime, has happened to its complement: Content Addressable Memory? Back in the 80s, I remember it being used in support of some CPU operations. There was also academic research into its use in bulk. What's the state of the art today? (Yes I've just had a squiz at Wikipedia, but I doubt that it represents the current status.)

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If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Backups underwriters and overpriced household furniture

@Walter Bishop

You don't for a moment think that an accountant might exaggerate to pile the pressure on? Oh wait, are _you_ an accountant?

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Full marks for extra experience!

I imagine that Jean has prospered. I too have found myself unbending pins in the middle of the night while the administrators with no hardware nous were reading logs and rerunning diagnostics. Understanding how the kit works from mechanical, optical and electrical viewpoints will always give you an edge. Nowadays, for example: scratched faces on fibre interconnects? Been there, because I used to work, in the 90s, in a company where they used to cut and terminate their own fibres for ATM and Fibre Channel. Do you have a microscope and polishing kit to hand?

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Kids’ shoes seller Start-rite suspends sales following breach

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Norwich Based?

They may have started in Norwich, they may still have an office just outside Norwich, but surely a manufacturing company that does all its manufacturing in India has to be called "India Based" (c.f .Dyson.)

I won't deny that they make excellent children's shoes.

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Free concert! Against TPP?

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Debatable?

> which they fear will give corporations too much power (debatable).

You may debate that this will give corporations too much power, but it's not debatable that there are groups that fear this. Their fear is beyond debate.

It's heartening to hear that there's an anti-TPP movement in the USA, is there any reason why the concerts/movement aren't also anti-TTIP?

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Next big thing after containers? Amazon CTO talks up serverless computing

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Was Vogel built by Frankenstein?

Well he seems to have a spanner in his hand and a poorly disguised bolt in his neck.

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175-year-old in storage deal

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Re: Is this an article...

> ...or an advert?

It's clearly an advert. Can anyone recommend a better adblocker?

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When is a refurbished server not refurbished? Ask this Dell reseller

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> xByte puts out Dell quality systems and support and helps Dell maintain their brand image

Surely, when you are seen as the Gerald Ratner of computer manufacturers, you don't have a brand image to maintain. "Cheap and nasty", or "Well, it copes" is hardly a brand image.

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Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Boffin

> that brief time when the stupid people hadn't worked out how to access the internet.

It was quite a few years actually and they never did work it out. Clever people made it is easy, hoping that stupid people would pay to use the appliances that the clever people created.

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New DNA 'hard drive' could keep files intact for millions of years

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Headmaster

Could you sort out your prepositions please?

The data is not written onto DNA. It is written in DNA. That is, only DNA is used for the writting by assembling it from four types of nucleotide bases.

(Compare this with a computer writing data onto words. No! It writes data in words by assembling them from two kinds of bits. That's not a perfect analogy, because we can create bits in many ways: discrete electric charges, discrete magnetic domains, holes in paper tape, etc.)

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Obi Worldphone MV1: It's striking, it's solid. Aaaand... we've run out of nice things to say

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As usual, you've forgotten that it's a phone!

I assume it's not got dual SIMs, but what's the call quality/reception/microphone/AGC like?

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

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Re: The supersonic Lightning II, as it will be known in RAF service,

It is a sad day that sees the official name of the English Electric P1a hijacked so thoroughly. This is an insult to the great British designers and engineers that emerged after World War II. I am wrenched by the contempt I feel for the politicians and financiers who have conspired so thoroughly to destroy British engineering and trade.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Lingua Franca

Vous connaissez les vieillards en Indochine?

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LinkedIn denies WWDC stunt

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Coincidence?

Are you sure that it wasn't the other way 'round? Maybe Linkedin was hoping that Apple would divert our attention?

What happened to Skype after Microsoft bought it? I don't need to know or care, because I moved to WhatsApp. So, what's the up and coming rival to Linkedin? Xing maybe?

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Spam King sent down for 30 months

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If only this could have happened to Canter and Seigel

Then the online world could have been a much nicer place.

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Headmaster

Mangled English?

AIUI you could:

set a Cygnus spacecraft afire - a bit archaic.

or

set a Cygnus spacecraft on fire

or

set fire to a Cygnus spacecraft.

However, if they have "set a fire inside a Cygnus spacecraft" that seems to mean either that they have taken a fire and moved it into the spacecraft, or that they have put the ingredients for a fire in place - ready to be lit later. Disclaimer: other verbs describing the starting of fires are available).

Did an AI write this phrase?

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Apple GPU screen rumors

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Never mind 4K or GPUs!

When is Apple going to move out of the '90s and give us a decent sized monitor? 27" is just pathetic.

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Systemd kills Deb processes

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Re: Broken expectations

System Vile or not, you'd 'nohup' them to keep them running when you logged out

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NASA's stadium-sized sandwich bag overflies Oz

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No need to fear?

Whether 2.5 tons free falls or parachutes gently onto my house, I still don't expect to have an abode after the event.

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Google hits Uber, Lyft

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Is Waze still alive?

Is this just an attempt to re-employ the Waze team? In southern England, outside of London, it doesn't have enough users to make it useful. (I.e it's unaware of road closures and delays nowadays.) I went back to using TomTom when the userbase started shrinking. (I would probably just use Google maps if I hadn't bought TomTom years ago.) Without frequent and timely feedback, Waze is doomed. How's it doing in the rest of the world?

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Lauri Love: 'Britain's FBI' loses court attempt to evade decryption laws

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Re: Extradition to a Police State where slavery for black people still exists

@AC who says "THERE IS NO SLAVERY IN THE USA"

But, I hear, Chain Gangs are still OK.

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PayPal probed over Venmo cash-flinging app

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That's a lot of profit for Braintree

Does that mean that Braintree residents won't need to pay any Council Tax for a year or two?

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Dyson hair dryer

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Why only 20 times a second?

My "analogue" old school hairdryer does it continuously and probably cost less than a fiver. (Too long ago to be precise). The only hairs it has ever singed have been free floating ones that found their way to the intake.

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Galileo in spaaace: France's 'equivalence principle' satellite

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Re: apparently

> you would be arrested on terrorism charges.

Thankfully, Italy isn't americanized* to that extent yet.

*(<pedant>US americanized</pedant>.)

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Slack login leak shame

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WTF?

Why?

Aren't colleagues with verbal diarrhoea enough of a challenge? Why add 'bots to the flood? Wouldn't 'bot moderators that weed out valueless communications be more productive?

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Alert

"hydro pod bubble"

Is that an internationally recognised boat class?

I'm not surprised if he had no food on board. Once he encountered some moderate waves he'd be in the hydrological equivalent of a Vomit Comet.

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

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EU Backward?

So what does that say about the U.S. of A? Even more backward?

Get behind the Great Wall Mr. Brittin. We probably won't miss you.

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Ames boffins mix metals to boost electron velocity

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Re: Many moons ago

> 'thermionic' valves on silicon.

Errm, aren't they called "FETs"? (Field Effect Transistors). I can't see the relevance here.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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You neglected to mention that this is a dual-SIM 'phone.

Now that sparked my interest a little more than the Summarit lenses. Apple please take note!

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Facebook censors Scunthorpe band

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Steady now, there may be a "police thingstable" monitoring this conversation.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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Re: That's useful information

> Philips actually sold of their badges

Wot?

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