* Posts by Jan 0

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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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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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Joke

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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"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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Re: Nest

Is your furnace in Port Talbot perchance? Nest may not be your biggest problem. TTFN.

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You can't dust-proof a PC with kitchen-grade plastic food wrap

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Re: Positive Air Pressure

>canola (sic)

It may not make a good lube for fans, but it surely makes a two-stroke motorbike or scooter run well and smell good.

(Ah, Castrol R! - from the non-PC world that calls it Rape Seed Oil.)

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Blighty starts pumping out 12-sided quids

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Re: Threepenny Bit?

>purchasing power

Back in the late '50s and early 60s a threepenny bit would always buy you a Mars bar. However, you could track inflation by weighing the Mars bar!

I have no idea how much a Mars bar costs nowadays, because I've developed a liking for chocolate.

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

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Re: Voltage Drop

From the article:

> the Pi's greater demand for juice when it boots causes a voltage drop big enough to force the mini computer to reboot.

I'm amazed that such a small steam engine can produce enough power to run a minicomputer as well as a microcomputer. Is the minicomputer lurking in his dad's attic?

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

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Re: Yorkshire Post Video

Full marks to Yorkshire Post. You don't have to toggle temporary permissions for dozens of scripts on the web page in order to watch the video. Just allow yorkshirepost.co.uk!

I wish my local rag would do the same, I've given up trying to work out which combination of third party scripts needs enabling in order to watch their videos.

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Hand in hand, TSMC, ARM head to 7nm server chip land

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Re: understatement

X-ray lithography has been renamed EUV. (Is this to avoid scaring the uneducated, like renaming NMR to MRI?)

There is another great white hope: multi electron beam lithoghraphy.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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Time to hit kickstarter?

All Hail the Proxomitron! We need you!

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Nutanix: Yo, we heard you liked convergence, so we converged files in your hyper-converge kit

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Oi! That TLA is taken!

Andrew File System, 'nuff said?

Disrespect CMU, heard of Hubris?

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Hackers turn to angr for automated exploit discovery and patching

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Shellfish logo

I hope that this team are paying tribute to J Walkden Fisher by knocking off his signature. (Eagle Comic afficionados, owners of "Britain's Wonderful Fighting Forces" and collectors of vintage motoring magazines should recognise that logo instantly.)

Celestial Barman, please pass a beer to that (cutaway) artist.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

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Re: I just checked my account

@Stevie

Ruddles has been badge engineering since Watneys bought it. Now if you could get a pint of Green Jack's "Baltic Trader" for 7 quid in America, I'd be impressed.

This is not off topic, Green Jack has probably brought the GDP of Lowestoft close to that of Bangladesh. Did this exploit do more to harm the Bangladesh economy than our recent ban on Alphonso mangoes?

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'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note

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Re: Bah!

I don't know either. It's all Greek to me.

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Blah Blah blah ... I don't care! To hell with your tech marketing bull

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You have a good grievance.

Trevor, I'm sorry that you're upset but that was just a small personal tragedy. There is a global human tragedy being perpetrated by 'marketing'. It has very little to do with exchanging goods and instead concentrates on deceit and manipulation. Anyone who has worked in production or development will have been sickened by what 'marketing' did to their honest toil. The whole human race is in peril from marketing. Let's imagine how H G Wells would have written "The Shape of Things to Come"* if he'd started writing today.

*the book of course, not the film.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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>"users still prefer seeing ads to paying."

The link says it's 58% who prefer. That means that there are a lot of people who don't. The problem is that no one seems to know how much the sea of adverts that we swim in costs us. What proportion of the cost of goods and services makes up the price that we pay? If people know, what would the proportion who prefer ads be then? I'm happy to pay for apps that I use. When I want to buy a new good or service, I ask friends what they're using and why and read reviews - by people whose opinion I respect. Thus I give no credence to Guardian reviews of bicycles*, pay some attention to road.cc, read Cycling Weekly attentively and talk to cycling friends.

* because they are just thinly disguised, bland, advertisements.

Beers all round to the people hacking blocker code, from one of the thousands who'd happily pay to read El Reg.

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Institute of Directors: Make broadband speeds 1000x faster than today's puny 2020 target

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Re: No one needs 10 Gb today, or the foreseeable future beyond 2030

Why do we spiral around limits? Just because current technology advances very slowly each year is not a reason to continue to have low aspirations. When companies only invest in small annual incremental improvements, we will never achieve great leaps. Compare the way the computer industry works with the way the aeroplane industry were able to leap from subsonic to Mach 3 aeroplanes back in the 60s. Turbojet planes don't go significantly faster today, because they concentrated on getting near the theoretical limits from the outset. So why not do that with communications? Forget about about Marketing's imperative to have something different next year. Instead concentrate on the theoretical limit now. The only time we've vaguely approached this in computer engineering is when RISC CPUs were introduced. The pity is that the conservatives stuck with Silicon instead of completing the rout by introducing RISC on Gallium Arsenide AND pushing straight to the limit* of lithographic ICs.

* As usual, we're just spiralling 'round it instead of trying to go straight there.

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

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Re: vitamins

@Peter2

Although your arithmentic is out by a factor of 100, I'd like to see you walk a few days after 1,500 times your RDA of vitamin A or D, let alone 150,000 x RDA!

As it happens the article is talking about rehydration and Vitamins B and C. I suspect that you could achieve the same effect by drinking a litre or more of carbonated fruit juice before walking to the clinic. (The carbonic acid will open the pyloric sphincter allowing the juice to rapidly enter the small intestine where it will be absorbed. That's how sparkling wine gets you drunk so quickly.) By the time you've got to the clinic, you'll be rehydrated and your brain will be working sufficiently to realise that this is just a shortcut to your bank account.

Personally, I like the greasy breakfast cure. Alcoholics prefer the hair of a dog.

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Brit brewer opensources entire recipe archive

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Headmaster

You can always spot US American "English" by the inappropriate prepositions.

s/of/for/

Mind you, full marks for including the conjunction in the next sentence!

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My devil-possessed smartphone tried to emasculate me

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Alistair, why haven't you joined the cargo cult? The thigh pockets of cargo trousers will keep iphone plusses, big samsungs, etc. well away from your nadgers. In fact, most of mine will quite happily handle a Nexus 9 tablet or a gottle of gear. What's not to like?

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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

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Re: Details matter.

> Everyone wants ZFS inside Linux

Well no, surely any sane person wants ZFS inside a systemd-free Linux.

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Intelligent Energy secures $7.5m to develop smartphone fuel cell

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What happened to the micro gas turbine generators that we were promised?

Despite people being frightened about exhaust temperatures, they should be as safe as a hydrogen* powered fuel cell and produce no more heat, at the surface, than the battery in your 'phone today.

Unless you're the sort of person who cuts the labels out of clothes, to save weight, I've found that a modest solar panel and an external battery will keep iphone GPS going day after day in most places (not if you're caving:).

*petrol is truly frightening in comparison, but we've found ways to cope with that too.

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Gird your coins: A phishing tsunami is smashing into America

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Re: Easy way to identify a fake

> senators that have their staff print all their emails so that they can read it, and then have their secretary dictate a response

If the secretaries can dictate the response, why do the senators need to read the email?

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

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Re: Terrified robots will take middle class jobs?

@Mycho. Thank you. Thank you very much for introducing me to that video. That was a marvellous use of 11 minutes!

Have a beer, I'd suggest a gueuze, but there's a lot of other choices in Brussel/Bruxelles

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Brake feel

Is that what Peter Parry* did with his NiFe cell milk float!? I always wondered if he'd get some use out of it.

* famous on Usenet:uk.d-i-y.

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A better offroad vehicle than a Range Rover?

Well, it looks as if it has better ground clearance, all it needs is chunky tyres!

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Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Re: Hard to take seriously

So you were that guy in the '60s who didn't want a matchbox radio or a digital amplifier!

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Me neither!

What is the Murdoch connection?

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Back-to-the-future Nexsan resurrects its SATABeast

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Re: Nothing new here

RTFA and you'll see it notes that this is just a revival of a 7 year old product. (Actually, I think that the SATABoy and SATABeast were announced more like 10 years ago.)

With MAID, it might be great for low energy home* storage of uncompressed images, audio and por^H^H^Hvideo. I don't think I'd like the electricity bill with a NetApp in the house.

* repurposed after 3 years in a Data Centre:)

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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'Nul Points' for ElReg

Should a tech hack think that there was no Internet in the 1970s?

Oh and it's "points" not "point", it's just normal counting just like in English: "zero points, one point, two points, three points,...., N points".

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Pilot posts detailed MS Flight Sim video of how to land Boeing 737

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Re: it's a real pity MS abandoned Flight Simulator development

Why? I thought that real pilots use FlightGear (at home) and was wondering whether the pilot who posted this video was a real airliner pilot. (The 737 is available in FlightGear)

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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Corolla vs Auris

? "Toyota Corolla" (Auris to you Europeans)

Wot? What is this Europe that you speak of? Autotrader is full of Corollas, but I've never heard of an Auris. However, I see that Autotrader is also full of Aurises. I conclude that an Auris is not a Corolla. Disclosure: I'm in the UK, which has been part of Europe since time immoral.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: That's crazy

or tomatoes!

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